Unprecedented registration of 4.3 million women voters in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 24, 2018: Unprecedented efforts of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and civil society in registering eligible-age women have successfully led to an unparalleled increase of 4,307,553 women on the electoral rolls in the last seven months. This increase indicates the success of the ECP’s Women NIC and Voter Registration Campaign as only around 4.9 million women voters were registered between May 2013 andSeptember 2017. Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), supporting the ECP’s ‘Women NIC/ Voter Registration Campaign’ initiated for reducing gender gap on electoral rolls, implemented interventions in 103 districts across Pakistan, targeting […]


Federal and Sindh governments failed to implement consumer protection laws , CPDI

Islamabad, May 22: Provision of consumer friendly environment to the citizens is the least priority of Federal and Sindh provincial governments. Despite the presence of consumer related laws and making commitments, both Federal and Sindh government have not taken any concrete measures to establish food authorities in their respective jurisdiction, this was said by Faisal Munir, senior research officer Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) in a statement. Mr. Munir stated that Islamabad has the foremost consumer law Islamabad Consumer Protection Act 1995 whereas Sindh government has Sindh Consumer Protection Act 2014 .In both cases food authorities, consumer courts, […]


Community Mela (IFC’s ‘Lighting Pakistan’ Campaign)

A Community Mela promoting the use of solar-energy products was conducted by CEIP Microfinance Institute, in collaboration with International Finance Corporation (IFC), on Thursday 29th March 2018, in Lahore. The fair brought to close IFC’s ‘Lighting Pakistan’ campaign, which was being implemented by CEIP in Punjab, under which over 25,000 households have been provided access to subsidized solar products for use at home and workplaces. “Our female borrowers faced difficulty in expanding their businesses due to power outages”, said the CEO, Begum Shaista Jan. She said that “providing energy solutions to women[-led businesses] can utilize the untapped potential of Pakistan’s […]


WAction demands legislative assemblies to consolidate, upgrade and implement labor laws

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2018: The Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies need to improve the quality of labor legislation to make it consistent, applicable and in accordance with the law of the country and best international practices, besides ensuring that special measures to address women workers’ issues are incorporated in them, observes Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project implemented by Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability (TDEA), in a statement here on Sunday. A qualitative analysis of the federal and provincial labour laws passed by the incumbent legislative assemblies was conducted by WAction that states that Pakistan has inherited […]


TDEA-FAFEN Launches Pakistan’s Most Comprehensive Election Portal

Election records of more than 62,506 candidates is now only a few clicks away ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2018: The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability– Free and Fair Election Network (TDEA-FAFEN) launched the Pakistan’s most comprehensive election information portal “Election Pakistan” in a ceremony here on Wednesday. The purpose for developing such a unique and user-friendly election portal was due to the unavailability of consolidated election-related information at a single forum. To fill this huge information gap with accuracy and credibility, TDEA-FAFEN digitized the voluminous election data, which is now available for the users at the “ElectionPakistan.Com”. The portal has […]


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 […]