Thematic Areas Of WEO
Technical and organizational programs are based on following thematic areas wherein the WEO specializes in.....
- Livelihood and social development
- Women Empowerment
- Good Governance and Community Development
- Emergency Relief
- Water & Sanitation.
- Community Restoration
"Liveihood And Social Development"
- Cash for work and Food for work
- Cash for trainings
- Community cash grants
- Conditional and unconditional cash grants
- Vocational skills training
- Poverty graduation
- Community physical infrastructure schemes
Gender and Poverty Poverty is ‘gendered’ because women and men experience poverty diﬀerently – and unequally – and become poor through diﬀerent, though related, processes. Women, who are the caregivers and primary inﬂuencers of the next generation, are facing the greatest hardships. WEO is aimed at empowerment of Women, Children, diﬀerently able and disadvantaged section of the society through dialogue, pro-active interventions and coalition building by developing linkages with local CBOs and grass root organizations. But women are also uniting to empower each other, ﬁght poverty, and end inequality. Women fall into poverty more easily and more frequently than men. They constitute majority of the people living in poverty. Ending discrimination against women and girls and promoting gender equality were critical for poverty eradication for WEO. And every step to improve the lives and social standing of women has ripple eﬀects on health care, education, and economic development throughout the poorer communities. WEO is helping girls to complete their education and is employing women as teachers. It is due to eﬀorts of WEO and such ﬁrms that literacy rates for women, women’s political participation, maternal health is improving in KP and FATA with rapid growth. WEO seeks to provide social development, primarily in low-income localities, by investing in relief and rehabilitation, health, education, poverty alleviation, income generation skills, human resource and rural development. WEO has adopted the holistic interpretation of health, which goes beyond medical/curative models and includes Health promotion, advocacy, research, training, community involvement and outreach services, poverty issues and education. All Programs are implemented through diﬀerent projects which are Community based and community driven. WEO has conducted Capacity Building Trainings, awareness-raising sessions; vocational training; capacity building of parents, teachers, health care providers.
Educational Reforms :
- Construction of Pre-Fabricated schools
- Construction of permanent schools
- Girls rights and advocacy
- Student enrolment
- Stipend distribution
- Temporary learning centers
- Distribution of learning kits
- Teachers Trainings
- Provision of school in Box
- TIJs formation and capacity building
WEO provides programs that ensure access to education for women and Children at all stages of their lives. Most of the girls in rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA have not had the opportunity to get education even up to primary level and are denied the right to utilize their natural potential. They neither have a great childhood nor can they hope of a promising future. They are extremely vulnerable to child labor and teenage marriages, which results in domestic violence and abuse. Their future is marred with teenage pregnancies, large family size, malnourishment and disease lacking even the basic necessities of primary healthcare. WEO encourages families to send their girls to schools, at least up to secondary level. WEO is presently carrying out this project in the rural areas of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA- that is sponsored by UNESCO and UN-OCHA . WEO is playing its role in promotion of education by providing assistance in schools' construction, maintenance, and supply of educational materials. Primary education has been continuing to expand. The gender gap in most levels of primary education has been eliminated with the eﬀorts of WEO, community leaders, Imams and other pressure groups. However, while the provision of inputs has increased, the retention of children in education remains a serious challenge, partly because of the costs borne by households, and the achieved proﬁciency of students shows no clear trend. Absentees and dropout rates of girls are frequently associated with inadequate hygiene and sanitary facilities at schools. Quality of education remains an important challenge. WEO took measures to improve the eﬃciency of primary education, including multigrade teaching, double-shifting teaching, and incentives for teachers in hard to reach areas. Quality was improved by teacher training, implementing the use of mother tongue in lower grades, and increasing the relevance of the curriculum. Access was improved by the continued provision of schools and classroom facilities, training teachers in social education, and provision of basic education in emergency situations.
Health and Hygiene:
In rural and suburban areas of KhyberPakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan maternal mortality is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age. Women and young girls lack access to the basic health care facilities and are at the highest risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Women Empowerment Organisation (WEO) is women led organisation, which has a vital role in health sector projects, working in KPK and FATA since 2008. We have implemented several projects in Health sector with World Health Organisation (WHO), UN-OCHA, UNHCR and UNDP RAHA in KP and FATA . At present we have 65 medical staﬀ for health interventions. We have focused the following activities in our health projects.
- Primary Health care services
- Mother and child health care services
- Child immunization
- Psycho-social counseling
- Strengthening Disease early warning system
- Health and Hygiene education
- Provision of free medicines, medical equipments and staff to BHUs
- Builidng and rehabiliation of BHUs and RHCs
WEO ensured that government health facilities in the aﬀected areas are made operational to the fullest through provision of necessary human resources and essential medicines and supplies by WEO. WEO ensured that government health facilities in the targeted areas are made functional through WEO medical staﬀ male and female to support health department in provision of PHC especially MNCH services to host communities and IDPs. Health facilities were equipped with ambulances services for emergency referrals to main hospitals. WEO is providing free of cost referral services to the referred cases and ambulances. WEO team did coordination meeting with the referral hospitals authorities to build linkages and eﬀective referral and feedback mechanism. The Essential Medicine package provided during the relief phase that covers the treatment for communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases; MNCH related medicines, pediatric preparation as well as maintained the contingency stock of key medicines for preparedness and response to alerts. These lifesaving interventions are playing a vital role in reducing the incidence of morbidity and mortality. Routine vaccination encouraged by supporting the activities of the vaccination teams and advocacy for increasing the demand of vaccination in the community with speciﬁc emphasis on routine immunization, maternal TT vaccination and vitamin A supplementation. Moreover, social mobilization activities have been undertaken for awareness of the masses on healthy practices and protection from diseases. Antenatal care and medicines provided to pregnant and lactating women, IYCF, Family planning and counseling provided. Health outreach workers increased immunization of children up to 60 % through community Mobilization and awareness sessions and referrals. Necessary MNCH services including antenatal, postnatal care and family planning is our utmost priority. Natural vaginal deliveries have been assured by skilled birth attendance ensured.
Good Governance and Community Development
• Advocacy and Good Governance
• Human Capacity Development
• Social Mobilization and Organization
• Participatory Development
• Community based Disaster Management
WEO is women led organization that working for the rights of Women. WEO empowered women of Pakistan through education, livelihood interventions and capacity building trainings. We Provide programs that oﬀer immediate services to victims of violence raise awareness about their rights and advocate for an end to all forms of violence. WEO organizes gender sensitization training of people involved in social sector. This is a very eﬀective activity in diverting the resources in the right direction. It is about raising awareness and sensitizing people about the basic human rights of women and girls. It is very important for a society like Pakistan, where majority of women are living almost in apartheid condition, and people are so conditioned that they perceive discrimination against women as natural.
Gender and Child Protection:
WEO also working on protection issues of IDPs and Refugees in KPK. WEO provides protection through education and training. WEO encouraged many families to send their Kids to School and also provided them ﬁnancial support in KP. The availability of primary and secondary education tends to reduce the number of children conscripted into the military, for example. When women are trained in income generation skills and are able to reduce their dependence on relief, they also reduce their vulnerability to abuse. They have less need to trade sex for food or other assistance, and they can better protect themselves and their children from other abuses. WEO trained more than 5000 women in income generating skills since 2008. Moreover WEO encourages selfprotection by mobilizing vulnerable groups. A community that is educated about its rights and endowed with a sense of entitlement can organize its members for mutual protection. This can prove an even more eﬀective deterrent than the presence of outside NGOs. WEO partakes in direct primary protection activities. To better protect unaccompanied and separated children from physical abuse, WEO help identify family members, reuniting children with relatives or developing networks of foster families.
4. Relief and Rehabilitation
Since 2005 Pakistan has been suﬀering with a series of overlapping crises and natural calamities that led to substantial internal displacement and left hundreds of thousands in need of humanitarian assistance. These events have come at a time when Pakistan is reeling from the eﬀects of the global food crisis, exacerbating an already precarious situation. Natural disasters and conﬂicts have aﬀected around 30 million Pakistanis and have raised chances for human tragedies. In accordance to cope with the humanitarian issues that have emerged as a result of the conﬂicts, earthquakes, ﬂoods and torrential rains, WEO has adopted a strategy patterned with participatory approaches. WEO is assisting local communities of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while in combating vulnerabilities and natural disasters. Besides; assisting basic infrastructure and necessities, WEO is capacitating communities with scientiﬁc techniques of disaster preparedness and crises management. WEO has established a network of CBOs, youth associations and community activists and has provided them with the opportunities to enhance their knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding disaster management and preparedness. Further; WEO has provided local IDPs with food, and drinking water and non-food items and is assisting local aﬀected towards rehabilitation. WEO is providing Education, Health, Shelter, livelihood and WASH services to IDPs and conflict effectees.