Dear Friends,

As 2017 comes to a close, lets take a moment of reflection, gratitude and think about our participation in this world. Today any given social issue has a whole array of stakeholders, institutions and non-profits organizations working to find a solution to that social issue. Great! But satisfaction with isolated impact of one agency, or one department, or one voice, while important is not enough. Complex global issues require more collaboration.

Let us create a world where men and women stand side by side as equal participants — without one group trying to dominate or control the other. Kaarvan believes in inclusivity for all, particularly for the women from marginalized low-income communities across Pakistan.

The idea is to inspire a movement towards sustainable change that keeps women at the heart of development.

Think beyond gender binaries. To be first and foremost human — to have space to experiment, to make mistakes, to envision and recreate thought and society.

Friends! We need to embrace an integrated holistic developmental approach that caters to both human dignity and integrity of an individual. We must honor the sacredness of human life — dignity. Also be steadfast to integrity — to multiple aspects of a person that include physical, intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual life.

Here at Kaarvan we do this by spreading an ethos of doing what’s right, not easy. Inspiring, nurturing, building capacity for thoughtful leaders to emerge through provision of life skills to women in rural areas of Pakistan and breaking down cultural binaries through creative critical thinking.

In 2017, we have touched the lives of 3,810 females in the remote villages in Pakistan

Embracing 2018, Kaarvan is excited about its resolve to constantly creating a space of experimentation around complex issues, questioning the conventional narrative of women empowerment. Establishing a new reflective and emergent practice that shape-shifts based on new learnings — an openness to change.

Together let us dream, imagine, and create a new structure of the future, which is more peaceful — a gender-responsive space..

Danish Khan
Chief Executive

This year has been truly exciting for Kaarvan as we expanded the domain of development and education

Digitize to Equalize — Opening Up Opportunities for the Female Artisans

Working to building on top of previous learnings — skills training services and market linkage interventions. Through evidence based operations research and learning platform we hope to increase labor force participation, earnings and women empowerment – also reach out to other stakeholders. Enabled by the British Asian Trust, Kaarvan’s intervention in collaboration with CERP will help identify learnings and influence policy of what works and what does not work towards creating a sustainable market linkage model. This intervention is being undertaken with the home-based female stitchers in Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar.

Women Work in Livestock Care

Livestock farming plays an important role in the family based farming system and has been the backbone of a farmer’s household economy for years. Training in efficiently utilizing Pakistan local resources, breeds and feedstuffs. Trained females doctors immerse themselves in grassroots fieldwork in the villages of Okara, Kasur and Nankana. Educating best diary and livestock farming practices to rural women.

Design for Impact

We strive to educate and foster human capacities. Through the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research department we evaluate the impact — setting pragmatic indicators for project analysis, check-in female trainings, building partnerships with organizations and continuing to evolve the products, services, and experiences we design even after they’re out in the world. In 2017, we released our 3rd Impact Evaluation Study empirically elucidating how we are tracking our initiatives as they continue on their steady journey of improved lives, stronger communities, and brighter futures.

Envisioning the Other, Celebrating International Rural Women Day

15th October was the day that Kaarvan owned & celebrated with pride by bringing to front the narrative of rural women empowerment through an integrated campaign. Engaged with the whole community both rural and urban women through series of workshops held at various institutions in Pakistan in order to deconstruct, unlearn and reflect upon our existing ideas of gender. Through workshops defined as ‘tangible thought experiments’, Kaarvan is hoping to address the problem of “otherness” by engaging in story telling and dialogue in order to better envision/ imagine the reality of “other” people or our rural neighbors. This year, 2017, the workshops were held at LUMS, BNU and KCF Institute.

Bending Gender Rules

Use of art and design to inspire youth to think about culture and its socially embedded gender roles. Future is crafted by youth of today. Therefore, it is necessary that both male and female begin to question how gender is affecting their participation in society. Boys need to question “masculine” modes of life — so called masculine ways of seeing, judging and rewarding. Boys require practicing more empathy and see women as equal to them as human beings. Urban girls should avoid quick judgments, shaming and silencing boys. In October 2017, Kaarvan partnered with Aitchison College in their annual Art Fest used art as medium for creative expression and social awareness regarding gender responsibility. Through the informal set-up of photo-booth and a giant paper scroll spread across the table – the prompt asked participants: if you could bend a gender rule…what would you do? Bend gender rules through honest inquires, open dialogue and thoughtful activities.

Unpacking Cultural Binaries
Unearthing Social Possibilities

International Women's Day