Mission

DASTAK aims to connect survivors of violence with essential services through establishing Pakistan’s first active and comprehensive survivor support resource platform in order to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and to empower survivors as change-makers across Pakistan. It aspires to empower and build safe spaces for vulnerable groups (especially women), develop women-led sustainable systems, improve the body of evidence and knowledge management related to women rights through cross-sectoral community engagement, awareness-raising and policy advocacy against gender-based violence, leading to an equitable, tolerant and violence-free Pakistan. DASTAK envisions elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women, within Pakistan and across the globe.

Mission

DASTAK aims to connect survivors of violence with essential services through establishing Pakistan’s first active and comprehensive survivor support resource platform in order to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and to empower survivors as change-makers across Pakistan. It aspires to empower and build safe spaces for vulnerable groups (especially women), develop women-led sustainable systems, improve the body of evidence and knowledge management related to women rights through cross-sectoral community engagement, awareness-raising and policy advocacy against gender-based violence, leading to an equitable, tolerant and violence-free Pakistan. DASTAK envisions elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women, within Pakistan and across the globe.

Vision

DASTAK envisions elimination of gender-based violence, resultantly making Pakistan a country where women are free from all kinds of discrimination and free to fully exercise their fundamental rights to live a life of dignity and self-fulfillment as described within international treaties ratified by Pakistan. DASTAK believes in a democratic and humanist society in which the most important stakeholders – women – are acknowledged, respected and protected from all forms of violence and discrimination. DASTAK Foundation follows a holistic, participatory and human rights-based approach aimed at eradication of gender-based violence and promotion of United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1325 across Pakistan.

Vision

DASTAK envisions elimination of gender-based violence, resultantly making Pakistan a country where women are free from all kinds of discrimination and free to fully exercise their fundamental rights to live a life of dignity and self-fulfillment as described within international treaties ratified by Pakistan. DASTAK believes in a democratic and humanist society in which the most important stakeholders – women – are acknowledged, respected and protected from all forms of violence and discrimination. DASTAK Foundation follows a holistic, participatory and human rights-based approach aimed at eradication of gender-based violence and promotion of United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 1325 across Pakistan.

Our Story

DASTAK Foundation is a Pakistan-based Civil Society Organization aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of vulnerable groups such as women, minorities, transgenders and others across Pakistan. DASTAK Foundation, initially launched as a campaign from the platform of Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness in 2018, has been registered as an organization in 2020. DASTAK Foundation can be credited for engaging 3500+ young women and girls and 1500+ stakeholders from different parts of the country, such as parliamentarians, civil society organization representatives, panchayat leaders, women rights activists, lady health workers, prayer leaders and others, and sensitizing them regarding ways to counter GBV through in-person activities, including capacity building/self-defense workshops, healing cirlces, focus group discussions, policy dialogues etc. DASTAK Foundation has engaged over 30+ GBV experts from Pakistan and South Asia.

DASTAK Foundation’s social media campaign has reached out to 8 million people during first year of programming and visual media campaign has produced 6 Short Films, 3 Short Animation Films and 2 White-board Animations on subjects such as Domestic Violence, Rape, Property Theft, Cyber Harassment, Workplace Harassment, Street Harassment, Consent and others. Furthermore, DASTAK’s social media campaign has garnered international recognition through its work on International Women’s Day (2019-2020-2021), Women’s History Month (2020), 16 Days of Activism Campaign (2019-2020) and Global Menstruation Day (2020). DASTAK Foundation is in the process of launching Pakistan’s first comprehensive resource portal for the survivors of violence.

Our Story

DASTAK Foundation is a Pakistan-based Civil Society Organization aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of vulnerable groups such as women, minorities, transgenders and others across Pakistan. DASTAK Foundation, initially launched as a campaign from the platform of Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness in 2018, has been registered as an organization in 2020. DASTAK Foundation can be credited for engaging 3500+ young women and girls and 1500+ stakeholders from different parts of the country, such as parliamentarians, civil society organization representatives, panchayat leaders, women rights activists, lady health workers, prayer leaders and others, and sensitizing them regarding ways to counter GBV through in-person activities, including capacity building/self-defense workshops, healing cirlces, focus group discussions, policy dialogues etc. DASTAK Foundation has engaged over 30+ GBV experts from Pakistan and South Asia.

DASTAK Foundation’s social media campaign has reached out to 8 million people during first year of programming and visual media campaign has produced 6 Short Films, 3 Short Animation Films and 2 White-board Animations on subjects such as Domestic Violence, Rape, Property Theft, Cyber Harassment, Workplace Harassment, Street Harassment, Consent and others. Furthermore, DASTAK’s social media campaign has garnered international recognition through its work on International Women’s Day (2019-2020-2021), Women’s History Month (2020), 16 Days of Activism Campaign (2019-2020) and Global Menstruation Day (2020). DASTAK Foundation is in the process of launching Pakistan’s first comprehensive resource portal for the survivors of violence.