The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (‘HRCP’) invites civil society organizations (‘CSOs’) to join in an effort to monitor patterns of discrimination and inequality in Pakistan. HRCP is working to support human rights defenders and combat all forms of discrimination in Pakistan.

HRCP is seeking CSO applicants who wish to receive funding to monitor patterns of discrimination and inequality through collecting documentary evidence of cases and patterns of discrimination. Five grants for such work are available.

Purpose of the sub-grant scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to address the weak evidence base of discrimination in Pakistan by collecting documentary evidence of instances and patterns of discrimination and inequality as they are experienced by different groups.

Selected sub-grantees will be required to:

  1. Identify cases and patterns of discrimination in Pakistan (or a part of Pakistan), with a particular focus on monitoring discrimination on the grounds of: gender, religious belief; ethnicity/race; political opinion; sexual orientation and gender identity; disability; health status and social or economic status
  2. Collect all necessary evidence in relation to these cases of discrimination, including through conducting interviews and taking statements from victims. Sub-grantees will be provided with

 (i) guidance on the collection of testimony, and

(ii) standard documents to assist with recording the evidence and testimony gathered

  1. Provide quarterly written updates to HRCP on the progress of their work using a standard template

Successful sub-grantees will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Prior experience of documenting discrimination and other human rights abuses;
  • Performance on a test assessing understanding of discrimination and equality; and
  • Legitimacy among, and access to, disadvantaged groups.

Rules of Participation

Each applicant can only submit one application. There is no fixed page limit for an application, although applicants are encouraged to provide sufficient information to enable an assessment of their ability to conduct the relevant work.

Any reports published as a result of the contributions of sub-grantees will recognize such contributions, unless the sub-grantee demonstrates sufficient reason not to recognize such contributions.

How to Apply

Application Process and Further Information

The deadline for applications is 24th May 2017. Please note that applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis and so it is strongly advised to apply as early as possible.

Applicants should send their completed application form (Urdu or English) and any supporting documentation to Palvasha Shahab at by 24th May 2017.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Lucy Maxwell (English-speaking) at or Palvasha Shahab (Urdu and English speaking) at