Goal: To create awareness and increase democratic participation, meanwhile encouraging participation at the grassroots level.

Community Engagement Workshops

We design, initiate and implement community engagement projects and trainings, which target stakeholders, decision makers and community representatives from all across Pakistan to improve local and national level government performance and participation. Our nationwide projects like Pro-Women Politics-I, Pro-Women Politics-II and Assistance to Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists were a huge success in this regard.


As part of the Pro-Women Politics-I project, SFEA engaged the district level political / religious parties’ leadership along with representatives of media organizations and bar councils of targeted areas to advocate and garner support for a more active role of women in political parties at local level. Through hosting joint capacity building trainings for women leaders and media, besides district level public advocacy seminars, Pro-Women Politics-I influenced social consensus and solicited wider support for a more active role of women in political parties at local level through directly targeting 700 beneficiaries.


SFEA built Pro-Women Politics-II on the framework of Pro-Women Politics-I, whereas this time targeting Kashmir (Mirpur and Muzaf-farabad), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab i.e. Abbottabad, and Mandi Bahauddin, respectively. The project benefited 800 beneficiaries and can be credited for capacity enhancement of aspiring women political leaders, besides successfully sensitizing Pakistan’s mainstream political and religious-political parties on the issue of leading women flourish on the basis of their talent and hard work. Pro-Women Politics-II benefit-ed direct beneficiaries through giving them opportunities to interact with national/international development and media professionals in Islamabad.


SFEA in collaboration with PINFO Communication and Research Citizen Voices Project (CVP) trained journalists across Pakistan and raised/lobbied for their issues with relevant stakeholders such as: media owners, resident editors, public officials and government. The project created a database and registration system for the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) along with a website, besides involving a range of civil society and nongovernmental leaders to advocate right of journalists and media freedom.


Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi
Syed Shamoon Hashmi
Afshan Huma