Pakistan’s Elections Act 2017: What You Need To Know

Pakistan’s new election law has caused political uproar since its passage in early October 2017. Major opposition parties have appealed against the Elections Act 2017, with petitions to nullify the law lodged in the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the religious party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah staged protests against the new election legislation. Escalating in late November, the protests left several people dead and hundreds more injured and ended only with the resignation of Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid. As these events have unfolded, the Elections Act has unsurprisingly come in for criticism and attracted a raft of bad press. But […]


Accessibility Audit of Polling Stations in NA-154

By Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections (PAIE) Only 27% of the Polling Stations in NA-154 Meet Essential Accessibility Criteria This report is issued by Pakistan Alliance for Inclusive Elections[1] (PAIE) to share findings of Accessibility Audit[2] of polling stations in NA-154. The exercise is conducted before Election Day to gauge the opportunities available for PWDs to access polling stations on voting day. A trained team of observers visited polling stations that were selected by a scientifically drawn sample. Accessibility audit of NA-154 polling stations shows distressing statistics as it appears that 73% of the sampled polling stations do not meet the essential […]


CSC launches its project to promote women’s rights in Punjab

Community Support Concern (CSC) is an NGO that has been working on Community Development for last 28 years focusing on improving the lives of the underserved communities in Punjab. The main objective of the organization is to provide quality services to the neglected communities through various project interventions like in health, education, awareness on women rights, paralegal trainings, legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, and economic assistance to the poor through access to microcredit loans. CSC is implementing the project “Promotion of Women’s Right in Punjab and Capacity Development”(PWRPCD) in 30 villages of two Tehsils; Ferozewala and Sharqpur of […]


Parliamentarians and Civil Society Vow to End to Violence against Women

ISLAMABAD (12th December 2017): A dialogue between parliamentarians and civil society activists on women protection laws was organised on Tuesday to mark the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The event titled ‘Dialogue between Parliamentarians and Civil Society on the Status of Women Protection Laws was organised by Oxfam in collaboration with Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), Bedari and Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS). Speaking at the event, Oxfam Country Director Mohammed Qazilbash said that for 16 Days of Activism, Oxfam in Pakistan has chosen the theme ‘Domestic Violence Hurts Us All’ because Oxfam views violence against […]


FDMA Initiative to enhance disaster resilience in FATA

Peshawar, November 21, 2017: A project to take initiative on disaster resilience in FATA was launched by CARE International in Pakistan, FATA Disaster Management Authority and Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development. The project main focus to strengthen disaster management institutions, government departments, reconstruction and rehabilitation unit for enhancing and building resilience in FATA. At the occasion the DG, FDMA said that the currently we are combating with several challenges including the resettlement of temporary displaced person and providing them basic necessities such as clean drinking water, food, shelter and health. The current analysis shows; Pakistan is one of the […]


A School in remote Sindh needs your help

We have received a request from a far flung area in Sindh for support to run a school. Sarmad Ali (Sarmadali0307@gmail.com) has written in Roman Urdu to us to share this request with the world. He writes, “Can you help us to educate our children? Our village is 12 kilometers away from Moro city (Sindh). It is in Kacha area (the area along the Sindh river). There are two government schools – one is closed, while the other is also in a shambles. A man from our village has started a small school in our village. It has been only […]


All Pakistan Transgender Election Network (APTEN) Launched

In an unprecedented move, the transgender networks of Pakistan including TransAction Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TAP), Sindh Transgender Welfare Network  (STWN), Punjab Transgender Association (PTA), Balochistan Alliance for Transgender and Intersex Community (BATIC), Blue Veins, PHRO , Hewad , Peace Justice and Youth Organization, Youth for Democracy and Development joined hands to launch Pakistan’s first national network on the political empowerment of transgender community named  All Pakistan Transgender Election Network (APTEN) in Peshawar yesterday. The  members of the APTEN called upon the Federal And Provincial governments, Election Commission of Pakistan, NADRA, UN agencies, and Civil Society organizations to support and coordinate with the […]


Civil society for institutional support mechanism to prevent gender based violence

Islamabad, October 17, 2017: CARE International in collaboration with PODA and National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) organized a policy dialogue on Gender based violence prevention & response in rural communities of Pakistan. On the occasion the Chairperson of National Commission on the Status of Women Ms. Khawar Mumtaz said that the GBV is the top priority of National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW). The commission is focusing more on the prevention and eradication of honor killing and sexual violence. She further said that laws exist but there is a dire need of implementation and a […]


Civil society adopts resolution to support and empower girls on International Day of the Girl

Civil Society organizations, today, in a seminar in Islamabad adopted a resolution to support and empower girls. The seminar was organized and attended by members of Girls Not Brides – a global network of organizations working for eliminating child marriages. The seminar was attended by many other groups and organizations as well in addition to other stakeholders including government officials, media persons and general public. The text of the resolution is given below: Whereas 17 SDGs could not be achieved without significant progress to end child marriage, including those related to poverty, health, education, nutrition, food security, inequality and economic […]


Justice Project launches ‘Bus Kar Do’ Campaign against death penalty in Pakistan

LAHORE, 4 October 2017: Justice Project Pakistan (JPP)launches its campaign ‘Bus Kar Do’ to raise awareness against death penalty by enacting stories of prisoners on death row. Pakistan has executed 477 prisoners since it lifted the moratorium on the death penalty in Dec. 2014. That averages out to nearly 4 prisoners a week. Data on executions shows that the death penalty in Pakistan has failed to meet its goals, and its use must be halted.  On Oct 10, World Day Against the Death Penalty will be observed globally. JPP, in collaboration with Azad Theatre and Highlight Arts, has organized a week-long bus tour. The bus would be traveling […]