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 2

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 […]


Fakhar Durrani and Asif Munawwar win RTI Champions Award 2017

ISLAMABAD, September 28: The Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) conferred RTI Champions Awards 2017 on Fakhar Durrani and Asif Munawar in the Journalist and Citizen categories respectively, here at National Press Club on Thursday. Mr. Pervaiz Rashid, Former Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage along with the Senator Farhatullah Babar presided the RTI Award ceremony. While speaking at the Award ceremony, Former Federal Minister for Information opined, God didn’t hide anything from people but these so called Gods on the earth hide information from people. There are some institutions in Pakistan that don’t encourage flow of information. […]


BWCDO wins Equator Prize 2017 for making efforts to protect snow leopards

The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative partnership, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme, is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of nature. The Equator Initiative website describes Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO) in the following words: “Tackling acute human-snow leopard conflicts in Pakistan, Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO) protects Baltistan’s snow leopards by providing economic incentives to local farmers in 17 villages through insurance schemes and financial compensation against livestock losses following snow leopard attacks. Damages are paid after verification through joint decisions between BWCDO […]


Women and Care-giving in Pakistan

By Safeer Ullah Khan Culture plays a very important role in setting gender norms, and unfortunately, culture is heavily tilted against women. As the division of labor is very clear – man is supposed to earn, and woman is supposed to take care of the house. Man earns, so he has the control over finances. Woman takes up the role of the care giver, which is inherently unpaid job, so woman remains dependent on man (on father in her early life, on husband in her middle life, and on son in her later life). In rural areas, she has added […]


Documentary “Engaging Men to Ensure Gender Equality” launched

Ministry of Human Rights and CARE International in Pakistan launched documentary on engaging men to ensure gender equality in special screening and panel discussion session of Asia Peace Film Festival in Islamabad on 18th September, 2017. CARE International is supporting the Ministry of Human Rights in the implementation of its National Action Plan to end Gender Based Violence. ‘He Who Empowers Her’ is a joint initiative of CARE International and the Ministry of Human Rights. Working in collaboration with local and international partners, the initiative will highlight best practices of Men’s engagement for a stronger her. The documentary highlighted the […]


Speakers urge for community based solutions for fighting online harassment at the launch event of Muavin

Islamabad, 13 September 2017: Online harassment has the potential of silencing voices of women and marginalized groups online and there is urgent need for solutions that help these users of the internet connect with allies and fight back. This was the sentiment expressed by speakers at the launch of Muavin, an application that seeks to explore community based solution towards online harassment. Muavin has been launched by Islamabad based organization Media Matters for Democracy, MMfD. “Working with women journalists and other users of the internet, we have across the question of harassment and abuse time and time again. With Muavin, […]