The project, "Socio economic empowerment of gypsy women in Lahore", implemented by AAS, under (GEP) Gender Equity Program of Aurat Foundation, under the grant, "Innovative Approaches to promoting Women's Economic Empowerment", supported by the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the district of Lahore from January 16, 2015 to May31, 2016. This project is envisioned to be a turning point for gypsy women and young girls, and means of change in their social and economic status.

This change will effect their role and status, not only in their immediate family but also in their gypsy community and their relationship with the larger community, it will help them in fighting the stigma attached to the gypsy women and gradually eliminate it as being a role models. Through the linkages built with the wider community, these gypsy women will get an opportunity to interact with the outside community from a more dignified stand point. The project aims at mobilizing and sensitizing 500 gypsy women of district Lahore, from five gypsy locations regarding basic human rights and ways to improve their socio economic status through learning various skills and crafts.100 gypsy women out of these 500 gypsy women will be identified for the skills enhancement and facilitation in market linkages, so that they can sell their products to the mainstream market.

Gypsy Women Trade Facilitation & Communication Centre (GWTFCC), and a first ever mapping report on gypsy women trades/professions is a major and unique tangible deliverable of this project. A gypsy brand for their products is introduced in the market and gypsy women are getting their own unique identity and respect in the society with this intervention of GEP. Which is an effort to help gypsy women and girls to combat stigma attached to them, and become respectful and productive members of the society.
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  The objective of the Project is to ensure Transparency and prevention of corruption. In the utilization of grant to be provided to Pakistan by USAID, including the US $ 7.5 billion of Kerry Lugar Bill. Citizens and civil society organizations are welcome to report corruption and register their complaints direct through Anti-Fraud Hotline website.

USAID/Pakistan has, in cooperation with the USAID Office of Inspector General, established the Anti-Fraud hotline to provide avenue for the reporting of fraud, waste, and abuse which may be associated with USAID funded projects in Pakistan. Complaints are handled with complete confidentiality and individuals are encouraged to report when corruption, fraud, waste or abuse may exist in the USAID/Pakistan projects. Reports can be filed anonymously via the easy to-use Hotline (toll free number 0800-84700); e-mail at ;
fax at 021-35390410; postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayabn-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan; and on the website
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  This project was implemented by AAS Pakistan under the Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat foundation by the support of the American People through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the district of <Lahore> – Pakistan.  
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