The AURAT FOUNDATION

Linked with Nigar Ahmad – Pakistan.

Established in 1986, Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation is a civil society organisation committed to work for women’s empowerment and citizens’ participation in governance for creating a socially just, democratic and humane society in Pakistan. Over the last 21 years, Aurat Foundation has come to be recognised nationally and internationally as one of the leading institutions for enhancing women’s economic and political status in the country. The Foundation has also emerged as a major support organisation for civil society organisations working for social change at the community level … (full text on the Homepage).

Programmes:
Strategy;
Projects;
Citizens’ Campaign for Women’s Representation, CCWR;
Citizen’s Reports;
Partners;
Publications;
Photo Gallery;
Head Office: 8-B, LDA Garden ViewApts, Lawrence Road, Lahore 54000, Pakistan;
Contact: Head-Office and 5 Regional Offices.

About AF: Aurat Foundation has its Head Office in Lahore, and five regional offices in the federal and the provincial capitals (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta). Further, AF has a countrywide network of voluntary citizens’ groups and individual activists.

These groups include Citizens Action Committees (CACs), Resource Groups and Aurat Foundation Resource Centres (AF-RCs) and Information Network Centres (INCs). With its local partners in all the 104 districts of Pakistan, AF is a national organisation with the largest district level network in the country.

AF is a civil society organisation working for women’s empowerment and citizens’ rights with the collaboration of citizens’ groups and organisations to provide information, build capacity and undertake advocacy for women’s issues and for good governance in Pakistan. The goals of the Foundation are to:

  • Assist women to acquire greater control over knowledge, resources and institutions.
  • Influence social attitudes and behaviour for a sensitive and responsive social environment to address women’s concerns and development.
  • Develop a strong network of civil society organisations to support women at the community and district level.
  • Undertake advocacy with public servants and public representatives for development policies and planning as well as supportive legislation that increases women’s access to development opportunities and resources.
  • Facilitate women’s greater participation in political processes and governance.
  • Develop and strengthen networks of citizens’ organisations for strengthening citizens’ struggle for accountable and transparent governance and participatory democracy in Pakistan.

Aurat Publication and Information Service Foundation (Aurat Foundation/AF) is registered in 1986 as a non-profit society under the Societies’ Registration Act 1860.

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