Gender Based Analysis of Selected Tobacco Control Policy Initiatives in Pakistan

Gender Based Analysis of Selected Tobacco Programs in Pakistan is an International Development Research Center's (IDRC) funded research project. This is a pioneer project of this nature in Pakistan and through this project we aim to decrease the ever increasing number of female smokers in Pakistan through carrying out a gender based analysis of policies and programs aimed at tobacco control and to identify gaps that lead to failure of tobacco control within the female population in Pakistan.



This project will assess the effects, impacts and ramifications of Pakistan's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Initiatives on the diverse female population of Pakistan. Pakistan is a developing country with an astounding population of almost 160 million people. Out of these almost 50% are women. Currently Pakistan is on the brink of facing a devastating health and economic disaster as the use of tobacco is rising steeply amongst its youth especially young girls and women. This sharp rise in women smokers in Pakistan is a a clear indication that the policy makers, legislators and tobacco control organizations are currently not running gender sensitive tobacco control initiatives in the country.



Under this project WELDO shall be carrying out a comprehensive review of the existing literature related to the selected areas of tobacco control policy, legislation, programs and initiatives.



In this regard WELDO would also like to involve other organizations working in Pakistan to submit their research reports, publications, reviews etc on tobacco related research. All organizations and researchers submitting their publications will receive appropriate representation in the framework that WELDO intends to develop.



For more information on this project contact us at gba@weldo.org.


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