CIVICUS Gender Working GroupCIVICUS’ Gender Working Group is a member-based advisory group focussed on gender mainstreaming and women leadership across the Alliance.
The objectives of the Gender Working Group are:
- Share and organise information, generate dialogue around gender issues and increase the visibility of gender issues in civil society.
- Inform CIVICUS’ internal gender-mainstreaming strategy and link it to the work and resources of our membership and civil society writ large.
- Build a community of stakeholders who are committed to gender equality at organisational, sectoral and global levels.
- Utilise CIVICUS’ membership to address research/policy questions related to gender in civil society, establishing substantive papers, positions and advocacy tools on the subject.
- The Advisory Board is a diverse team who helped shape the priorities and agenda of the working group. Details of each member can be found below.
In addition to her work with Da Hawwa Lur, Khurshid is an active member of the Pakistan Alliance against Sexual Harassment, which has been working for the implementation, drafting and lobbying of laws regarding sexual harassment. Her work for peace building has included the training of 500 people through the ‘Peace by Peace’ campaign, which at the grass root level provides people with education and skills about how they can contribute towards making Pakistan more peaceful. Most recently she launched the first ‘KPK Working Women Union’. This union aims to create awareness of the issues and challenges faced by women working in all fields, from doctors and engineers to domestic and factory workers. Its agenda includes equal pay, prevention of harassment in the workplace, safety and security, and the health of women workers.
As an expert on climate change, women rights and governance issues, Farah Kabir contributed to a number of international summits. Her key speeches include: sharing experience on climate change adaptation in the UN and at the CSO dialogue in the UN, speech on “Mobilizing political momentum for ambitious actions on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation" during the President of the General Assembly's High-level Event on Climate Change in June 2015. She also spoke on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integration at the UNISDR in Geneva in May 2013. She also contributed in the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit where 100 global women leaders met to promote women’s climate action agenda in September 2013. For her significant contribution in women’s rights movement of Bangladesh, Farah Kabir won the prestigious "Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award 2012".