Lessons from a girls’ education advocacy initiative in Pakistan

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Date: 6 Sep Jamila Razzaq | Story Source: Brookings ~ Go to Original Article

After completing the Echidna Global Scholar program at Brookings in 2015, I planned an advocacy program for the promotion of girls’ education in Pakistan with Aappa Aziz Trust as my post fellowship project. The idea was to establish, in a selected town, a two-tier advocacy structure: Tier 1 was a local group of change agents and Tier 2 was a regional policy group of girls’ education champions (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Two Tier Advocacy Structure

Figure 1

As I started convening the local group, it was evident that the inclusion of girls was necessary to ensure advocacy efforts reflected the real-life challenges of adolescent girls. We began to invite girls to our meetings, but their voices were restrained due to their cultural deference for the elders and teachers present, coupled with…