Excited to be kicking off phase 2 of the MCAT Research Project in Peshawar, Pakistan! We are working with a terrific partner in this phase – Da Hawwa Lur – a non-profit organization working to improve conditions for women and the transgender community in Peshawar. We will be utilizing the same approach as the first phase of the project (Know the Context; Learn to Engage Differently; Co-create desirable outcomes ), but adapting our approach to the context.
The context for phase 2 is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa a Northwest region of Pakistan. For the last 20 years, the region has been affected by violent conflict such as terrorist attacks and military operations and natural disasters includes earthquakes and floods. This context fragility alongside patriarchal culture of the society makes meaningful engagement with women particularly challenging. The MCAT tool and research will aim to challenge these barriers by prioritizing women’s voice and agency through creative and participatory approaches to engagement.