What Women Want – Listening Session in Karachi, Sindh

On October 9, 2020 Forum for Safe Motherhood (White Ribbon Alliance Chapter of Pakistan) organized its fifth and last listening session in Karachi, Sindh Pakistan. Organized in collaboration with the Costed Implementation Plan (CIP) Secretariat, Population Welfare Department, Government of Sindh, the session aimed at bringing forward women’s key asks regarding Family Planning as well as their suggestions for addressing the same; and then taking these voices to concerned decision makers at the district level.

The sessions were Conducted at District Program Implement Unit (DIPU), Malir Karachi. A total of 15 women participated in the listening session. Both sessions were moderated by a representative from government, Ms. Fahmida Fatima and in this support was provided to her by the Forum’s Provincial Coordinator.

The second session also happened with the government officials at the same venue- DIPU, Malir Karachi. It was attended by Mr. Qazi Nadeem Sarwar- District Population Welfare (DPW) Officer and Mr. Muhammad Riaz- Account Officer DHO.

The Moderator is briefing the participants about the project “Family Planning to Achieve What Women Want” under which the listening session is being conducted.

Participants are listening to the Moderator while she is discussing about the demands of women.

Participants are listening to the Moderator and also giving feedback in response to her questions. Adherence to COVID related protocols by all participants is visible in both sessions.

The Provincial Coordinator of Forum for Safe Motherhood (FSM) is dirtributing Hand Sanitizer and mask to the participants.

The demands and suggestions of women that came forward are being presented to the representatives of relevant government departments on the second session. The government representatives not only gave feedback on the suggestions put forward but also noted them down for consideration & record.

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