Blue Veins is committed to build, strengthen and galvanize women & transgender person's collective power for a just and sustainable world – for all.


Policy Advocacy and Research to Strengthen Implementation of Pro-Women Legislation and GBV Response Services in KP.

Project Goal is to empower Women and make sure that they are protected and can easily access the services guaranteed under the pro-women laws.

Project Objectives are:

To ensure GBV survivors have improved access to justice due to improved services.

To lobby with key stakeholders to pass and fully implement Domestic Violence bill and Child Marriage restrain amendment bill in KP.

To provide institutional support to KPCSW and provide technical support for setting up system and structure.

The project aims to improve response services for survivors of GBV, to lobby for GBV related laws and policies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and strengthening implementation of existing laws i.e. KPCSW institutional support. The proposed initiative will be a significant contribution in reminding duty bearers their responsibilities and mobilizing civil society activists to play proactive watchdog role and not only exert the required pressure to make the government, the state and the policymakers accountable for their failure to address women’s concerns in their province but also support the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and relevant Govt departments in formulation and implementation of engendered policies.

Under the proposed initiative Blue Veins will:

Bridge the gap between the activism at a local level and at district and provincial level and strengthen the efforts of grassroots advocacy networks and groups by bringing them together and by providing them with a platform. The provincial alliance will have a key representation of most relevant NGOs, Govt departments, NHRIs, Media, Religious leaders, Lawyers and focal points of the existing alliances.

Develop an advocacy strategy to work with relevant government actors (Police dept, Directorate of Prosecution, Social Welfare Dept. KP, KPCSW, National Commission of Human Rights, Child Commission KP, Provincial Women Parliamentary Caucus KP, Home and Tribal Affairs Department and Health department KP) towards the improvement of services including medico-legal, redressal mechanisms, government-run shelters (Dar-ul-Aman), Police rescue, Judiciary, reintegration of GBV survivors and legal services in KP and Engage with men and women parliamentarians, political leaders, and key influential people from KP to play their due role to bring in legislation related to women (Domestic Violence Bill and Child Marriage Restraint Act, AWPA2010) in KP.

Develop a comprehensive advocacy strategy to lobby with the Provincial assembly to demand the extension of laws to PATA and lobbying with the government officials to approve the extension.

The demand for the extension of KPCSW mandate to PATA through Provincial and district level alliance and advocacy networks and political parties’ leadership.

Active engagement of male parliamentarians will also be sought to ascertain their moral and professional support for introducing legislation as well as creating a conducive environment for women lawmakers to take an active part in the parliamentary business.

Initiate cross-learning sessions between women parliamentarians on selected legislation as well as researching and highlighting challenges faced by women parliamentarians in carrying out their responsibilities as lawmakers.

Strengthen the KPCSW and help implement its strategic plan, provide technical support for resource mobilization and develop linkages with donors and also lobby with the parliamentarians, political leaders and bureaucracy for the absolute autonomy of the commission.

Legal Aid Network for Victims of Gender Based Violence.

Blue Veins in collaboration with The Asia Foundation will provide legal aid and legal assistance to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Peshawar district.

A 24/7 Toll-Free Helpline and a legal aid center under this project have been established which will have a full-time Helpline counsellor to provide counselling support to victims of Gender Based Violence survivors.

Services offered by Blue Veins will include, among others, face-to-face and telephonic counselling, referral services, legal aid assistance to clients, facilitating clients to access law enforcement agencies and to make court appearances in relation to the cases filed. It is anticipated that out of those that access the legal aid center for support, Blue Veins will provide free-of-cost legal aid to survivors of GBV.

From Margin to Mainstream; Fighting Stigma and Discrimination.

HIV-related stigma and discrimination, prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at transgender population with HIV and AIDS is prevalent and multi-layered which they have to face, even within their own community as they are rejected and shunned by the guru and fellow transgenders if they are diagnosed with HIV/AIDs or any such medical condition, therefore, they choose not to do screening because of the fear of social rejection. This fear of social exclusion affects their self-perception and sense of worth. It often contributes to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, self-harm and suicide. This isolation and social exclusion affects access to treatment. Transgender people can be afraid to get tested if they don’t have a strong support network to help them cope. Social exclusion, economic vulnerability and a lack of employment opportunities mean that sex work is often the most viable form of income available to transgender people. Stigma, discriminatory laws, marginalization fear and social exclusion put transgender people at an increased risk of HIV.

Transgender people have very diverse HIV prevention needs. Targeted prevention approaches that respond to the specific needs of individuals are essential to reducing HIV infections. In addition, prevention initiatives that empower transgender people and enable them to take the lead in meeting the needs of their own community are the answer of to their needs which can reduce their vulnerability. KP is conflict and disaster-affected province where the Transgender community lives in fear and isolation and suffer from self-stigma. This internalized stigma has a very damaging effect on the mental wellbeing of transgender persons living with HIV. This fear of discrimination, hate, isolation had broken down their confidence to seek help and medical care. Self-stigma and fear of a negative community reaction are basic reasons hindering efforts to address the HIV epidemic by continuing the wall of silence and shame surrounding the virus. At the same time, often healthcare is not accessible and confidential, it contains judgement about a person’s HIV status, behavior, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Discrimination from healthcare providers, a lack of knowledge about transgender needs and the refusal of many national health systems or health insurance providers to cover their care all contribute to situations where it is difficult for transgender people to receive adequate treatment. This can also encourage discrimination within healthcare services, making it hard to access sexual health service.

Along with removing barriers to the services, which is the main step for bringing an end to barriers to access to quality health care and services for transgender persons. It is understood that there is a dire need to educate the transgender population on HIV and break the myths around HIV within the transgender community and the community at large. Transgender people living with HIV need to be empowered in order to take action for all their rights and access to health care services which are violated by state and non-state actors.

Men’s Initiative (Men Working with Men to Help Women).

Men can play a vital role in helping reduce and prevent men’s violence against women. Indeed, some men, both individually and in groups are often in partnership with women and are already making a difference. Preventing men’s violence against women will require sustained and systematic efforts in families and relationships, communities, and in society at large. It is time for men to join women in building a world of non-violence and gender justice. Male violence is used to produce and reproduce the subordination of women, and patriarchal norms and practices create the conditions that condone and even encourage men's violence against women. There is a growing awareness that men, in partnership with women, can play a significant role in ending violence against women. Keeping this in view Blue Veins has taken an initiative "Men working with men to help women. Under this strategic thrust Blue Veins is establishing Men’s support groups, Sensitizing imams (Prayer leaders) and working with young boys for attitudinal change through several activities.