About Study

This countrywide study was coordinated by Rutgers, Rozan and the Federal Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan with the financial support of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (via Prevention +) and the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). The Population Council, Pakistan carried out the research as the technical partner on the study. Printing and dissemination of the study were done by Rutgers.

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is one of the most comprehensive household studies ever carried out on men’s and women’s attitudes and practices on a wide variety of topics related to gender equality. Promundo and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) created IMAGES in 2008. As of 2017, IMAGES studies had been carried out in more than 20 countries around the world. Studies inspired by IMAGES, including the Partners for Prevention UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence, have been conducted in at least another 10 countries. Since 2009, household surveys were administered to more than 25,000 men and 16,000 women, ages 18 to 59, as part of IMAGES. (www.promundoglobal.org/ images)

Rutgers is an International non-governmental organization that has been working for several decades to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights. The organization was founded and is based in the Netherlands, and implements its programmes both domestically and in more than 18 countries in Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Asia and South-East Asia. In Pakistan, Indonesia and Uganda, Rutgers has country offices which operate within the corporate strategy but apply context specific sets of programme implementation, research and advocacy. Since 1997, Rutgers Pakistan has been working on different themes of women empowerment, Gender-based Violence, Sexual & Reproductive health & Rights and Life Skills Based Education. (www.rutgers.pk)

Rozan is an Islamabad-based NGO working on issues related to emotional and psychological health, gender, masculinities, violence against women and children, and the psychological and reproductive health of adolescents. Rozan’s Interventions are framed from a prevention (awareness-raising, mobilization, skills-building), and protection (law enforcement, service delivery, and advocacy) perspective. All Rozan programmes are structured around one or more of three core strategies: awareness raising; psychological support and referral; and capacity building and training. (www.rozan.org)

Population Council
The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues— from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees. The Council’s history of working in Pakistan dates to 1957, and its permanent office in Islamabad was established in 1991. The Population Council, Pakistan is regarded as one of the leading organizations in the country in capacity building, research and evaluation, policy analysis and advocacy, communications and behavior change, as well as the management of largescale intervention programs supported by a range of bilateral and multilateral donors and foundations. (www.popcouncil.org)

Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR)
The Ministry of Human Rights is mandated to review the human rights situation in the country including implementation of laws, policies and measures. It coordinates the activities of Ministries, Divisions and Provincial Governments with respect to human rights. It refers and recommends investigations and inquiries in respect of any incident of violation of human rights. It takes initiatives for harmonization of legislation, regulations and practices with the international human rights covenants and agreements to which Pakistan is a party and monitors their implementation. The Prime Minister of Pakistan approved Action Plan to improve Human Rights situation in Pakistan on 13th February, 2016. The Action Plan includes formulation of National Policy Framework and provincial strategies on promotion and protection of human rights, legal reforms, proposal to improve forensic sciences, upgrade physical facilities and equipments to investigate human rights violation on scientific grounds. The Action Plan sets four key human rights priority areas concerning vulnerable segments of the society i.e. Protection of Women Rights, Child Rights, Rights of Minorities and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Capacity Building, Advocacy, Awareness, Publicity, Research and Communication have been given space for all key stakeholders involved in realization of human rights at grass roots level to bring attitudinal change in the society. (www.mohr.gov.pk)