Two thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are female and over 65% of its poorest people are women and girls. United Nations identified the rural women as a catalyst for change if the objective of eradicating poverty is to be attained. Women and gender development is a cross cutting theme in all interventions. The Third United Nations Women’s Conference in Nairobi in 1985 was one of the first international forums that made explicit the linkages between sustainable development and women’s involvement and empowerment as well as gender equality and equity.
The 1990’s have seen increasing recognition of the centrality of women’s empowerment to the success of development programs. The empowerment of women was essential to the declarations and platforms for action of the 1990 World Conference on Education for All, the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the 1993 Human Rights Conference, the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, the 1995 World Summit for Social Development, and the Regional Preparatory Conferences for the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women. This increased appreciation for and understanding of women’s pivotal role in the development process has also been reflected in the goals and priorities of organizations and agencies in the United Nations system.
The UN Secretary General endorsed the seven priority areas in his opening remarks to the 49th
Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2005, in New York and combat violence against women and girls was one of the top seven priorities of MDGs. The Millennium Project Report identifies the mounting of vigorous campaigns to combat violence against women as a possible “quick win” action that should be taken to accelerate achievement of the MDGs. The goal is to mobilize leadership at the national, regional and global levels to make violence unacceptable. In the last decade, the issue of violence against women has moved from the shadows to the foreground of commitments to attain sustainable development. Women’s rights advocates have mobilized within and across countries and regions to secure significant changes in national, regional and international standards and policies addressing gender-based violence.
Worst gender disparity in rural areas of Sindh province has led GRDO to focus more on gender equality and empowerment through mainstreaming them in development process. GRDO intends to bring women and girls in a leadership role to ensure their access to their fundamental rights, resources, and opportunities by providing them a space to utilize their full potential, skills and knowledge for individual and collective development. GRDO believes that women are faced with economic, social, cultural, political and religious discriminations in the society. Thus, GRDO will rigorously focus the betterment, welfare, empowerment of the women and work to narrow the Gender gap.