• Working to secure the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples

  • Advocating for justice and equality for marginalized groups by promoting their rights and access to resources.

  • Protecting the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples through advocacy, policies, and awareness-raising efforts

Organization Goal & Objectives

Shelter Participatory Organization is a mid-level community-based women right organization holding and representing numerous indigenous and gender groups in rural/urban/slum areas across Pakistan.

We were founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of deprived section of societies such as Indigenous women, youth, transgender within their respective communities.

We work towards the promotion of women’s and indigenous people’s rights which include social, economic and political empowerment in Pakistan under these components:  


organization, mobilization and capacity building of indigenous/rural/underprivileged women, transgender   groups and youth in participation of political process;


Needs-based service delivery in education and health;


Support for policy advocacy to influence national policies and practices towards tribal populations of the country.

Areas of Work:

SPO works directly with indigenous groups from urban, rural and semi-rural areas to address issues in the following areas:

women’s rights and gender mainstreaming
Women Economic empowerment
Influence policy change of indigenous/minority rights
Cultural preservation
Access to culturally grounded advocacy designed by and for Native women
Environmental conservation
Reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS (Women, transgender, Youth)
Safety from violence within their homes and in their community
Justice both on and off tribal lands
Safe, affordable housing, legal services, childcare, economic security, and other basic resources provided in respectful ways
Culturally-based, trauma and resiliency-informed services
Access to indigenous healing ways

How do we work?

Our primary focus is on providing support for the advocacy efforts, capacity building and networking of minority and indigenous community representatives. SPO seeks to ensure that their voices are heard in contexts where decisions are taken that affect their communities such as most vulnerable communities like Migrant from climate hit areas, religious minorities, Trible women and transgender, Fisher folk and Thar Desert migrant women groups

Our Programme:

Safety from violence within their homes and in their community

  • SPO's Women Political Education Programme

    SPO's Women Political Education Programme

Rise Her Voice

Rise her voice- the idea is all about Rise women voices and Inclusion of indigenous community voices for resilient and rehabilitation from climate change. Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of climate change, which amplifies existing gender inequalities and poses unique threats to their livelihoods, health, and safety. Across the world, women depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources.

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