The Oxfam Australia and Bedari magnificently launched three years (2017-2020) project “She Can Lead (SCL) in five districts of Punjab, namely Lahore, Gujrat, Sialkot, Jehlam and Rawalpindi. Its prime goal was to support the role of women in strengthening of the democracy in Pakistan. It focuses on gender responsiveness in electoral processes; promoting women’s political emancipation and leadership; and ensuring their equal participation in decision-making, through establishing Women Leaders Groups. In order to raise public awareness about the severity of the situation Auto Rickshaw Banner campaign was launched. Moreover, the people were stuck in their homes without food and money and it resulted in increased stress and domestic violence. Therefore, Bedari with the support of Oxfam and Australian Aid started awareness campaign to overcome these issues.
During Rickshaw Rally, Banners were put up behind the rickshaws to raise awareness about Corona virus and the problems that occur during lockdowns. Bedari and Oxfam helpline numbers were also publicized so that people could seek help.
This project aims to contribute in improving women participation in the electoral process at three levels i.e. as voters, as candidates and in parliament. This 3 years’ project was implemented in 5 districts of Punjab including Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Gujrat, Sialkot and Lahore with support of Oxfam GB. The main objective was to strengthen networks and relationships with political stakeholders to promote the role of women in politics and governance.