LAHORE The Gender Reform Action Plan is for improving the framework of gender policies, and developing institutional reform proposals outlining interventions at the federal, provincial and distinct level, and aims for a proactive approach to include gender perspectives in public sector policies, programmes and projects. The GRAP, which is being run with a revised cost of Rs 605.307 million, is sponsored by Social Welfare, Women Development & Bait-ul-Maal, Department, and executed by the Program Management Unit in these departments at the Secretariat level, and eight line departments, that is, Finance, P&D, S&GAD, Local Government, Health, Education, Home and Law Department The Project aims at seeking transformation of the provincial government into an organisation that actively practices and promotes gender equality; ensuring all public sector operations promote gender equity and reduce gender inequality; making possible adequate representation of women as decision-makers in the provincial governments, both in the political and executive domain, and ensuring that all provincial civil servants have an understanding of gender issues and are able to contribute positively towards the goal of gender mainstreaming. The goal of GRAP is to bring about such changes in the structure and process of the government that it promotes equity among men and women, and to enable it to deliver on the rights and entitlements of women. Gender mainstreaming will be the strategy to realise this goal. By virtue of this, women can participate as decision makers in the public sphere and their concerns can be addressed effectively, and policies are developed on the basis of gender analysis and sex disaggregated data so that the delivery of government services is equitable. The GRAP also aims at developing conducive working environment for the female employees. This would consist of enough office space to secure privacy of female workers, exclusive toilets, separate rest areas, and in case of large establishments, day care centres for young children. Secondly, it wants adoption of an affirmative action in recruitment policy by the government, and its transmittal to all concerned.