After countless interactions with stakeholders, to convince them of the importance of her mission, she eventually started getting invited to meetings. She managed to assert her position after months of determination and perseverance. The attitude of her counterparts gradually changed as she was getting recognised for her work in the district and beyond. She was even referred by the NGOs, in the neighbouring Peshawar District, which needed guidance and had heard about her work on gender mainstreaming in Khyber District.
Along with other six Gender Desk Officer, Ms. Kifayat Ullah is proud to have created a space for women to work in the local government structure.
This story is part of an ongoing pilot of seven Gender Desks initiative in the Merged Areas— supported by German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and implemented by UNDP Pakistan, in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The pilot has paved way for the first-ever gender mainstreaming initiative by the government in the Merged Areas. An initiative “Promoting Gender Mainstreaming” prepared by the Social Welfare Department was approved by the Cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government earlier this year.