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Dialogue Pakistan 2020 Stirs Up the Capital with an Intensive Discourse

Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, PIPS, organized a one-day event titled Dialogue Pakistan 2020 at Hotel Margala, Islamabad, wherein issues like, and related to, state, society, religion, constitutionalism, future of parliament, regional political landscape, freedom of expression, women rights, and student unions were discussed by eminent scholars and experts. Dignitaries and scholars from all over Pakistan were invited to deliver their talks. The event remained jam-packed and included a total of 10 dialogue sessions that continued throughout the day. In the inaugural session titled The Need for Dialogue in Today’s Pakistan, I. A. Rehman, former chairman Human Rights Association (HRCP), […]


Nominations open for Rober F Kennedy Human Rights Award

Nominations are open for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award 2020 to identify and honor those who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that the power of individual moral courage can overcome injustice. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award identifies and honors those who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that the power of individual moral courage can overcome injustice. Each year, we invite the public to nominate outstanding champions of moral courage who stand up to oppression, even at great personal risk, in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights.  Over the past 37 years, the Robert F. Kennedy Human […]


Trailer released – Gul Makai: A Film on Malala Yousufzai

The trailer of Gul Makai was released on YouTube on Jan 8, 2019. It has already been viewed more than 17.9 million times. The film is based on the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. The film portrays Malala’s life before and after the brutal Taliban attack and draws attention towards the role of Malala’s family throughout her journey. The film has been directed by HE Amjad Khan and produced by Sanjay Singla. It is presented by Jayantilal Gada and Tekno Films. Actor Reem Shaikh will star as Malala. The movie also features Divya Dutta, Pankaj Tripathi, Atul […]


Digital Rights Foundation releases its report ‘Sifting truth from lies’

Jan 8, 2020, Lahore: Journalists have identified social media, particularly WhatsApp, as the hotbed for the spread of false information, noting that the increasing crisis of confidence in journalism is being fed by the weaponization of the term fake news, according to a recent Digital Rights Foundation study. The Digital Rights Foundation, a registered non-governmental advocacy-based research organisation – on Wednesday released its report titled ‘Sifting truth from lies in the age of fake news’. The study attempts to identify topics that are more susceptible to fake news, and common methods of its dissemination. It also examines the extent of […]


Solar Mela held in Okara

CSC Empowerment and Inclusion Programme organized a Solar Mela in Okara on 3rd January 2020. The purpose of this event was to market the solar products under the PMIC (Pakistan Microfinance and Investment Company), PRIME project for the financial year 2019-2020. The Mela kicked off with the recitation and national anthem. The major highlight of the Mela was the theatrical performance by Dream Theatres in which ten artists performed a short play, titled,  “Roshan  Zindagi ki Shurawat”. The objective of the play was to enlighten the audience about the benefits of renewable and clean energy with a significant focus on […]


Prince William Announces Environment Prize

from Time.com Prince William has announced a multi-million pound prize for “visionaries” working to solve “Earth’s greatest environmental problems,” from climate change to air pollution. The Earthshot Prize will be awarded to five winners, every year, for the next 10 years. The initiative’s goal is to provide “at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030.” The prize was designed by and will initially be handled by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — headed by Prince William and Kate Middleton. More than 60 organizations and experts were consulted in the process; in time, […]


Theatre Wallay raises awareness about illegal migration through a play ‘Bhago’

Theatre Wallay (TW), in collaboration with Migrant Resource Center (MRC), performed its new production ‘Bhago – A Play on Illegal Migration’ – at various venues in Gujranwala, Gujrat, and Mandi Bahauddin – 3 performances in each district. It toured the target districts in Dec 2019. Illegal migration, helped by a network of human smugglers, is a decades old phenomenon in Pakistan. illegal migrants face immense difficulties and risk their lives while undertaking such a dangerous venture. However, general public does not know much about the hardships. Hence, more people fall prey to the human smugglers who lure them by promising wealth […]


UN Women, Ombudsperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ink accord to fight sexual harassment at workplaces

UN Women Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Office of Ombudsperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for protection against sexual harassment of women at the workplace. Aisha Mukhtar, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan, and Rukhshanda Naz, first Ombudsperson of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, signed the MoU. Under this MoU, database for reported cases will be supported to assess the trends of sexual harassment at the workplace along with capacity building of inquiry committees to deal with cases of sexual harassment. UN Women and Office of Ombudsperson KP will also collaborate for raising public awareness on sexual harassment laws and […]


Islamabad Deworming Initiative Launches 2nd Annual Mass Deworming Campaign in Islamabad

Deworming 574,000 children for a safe and healthy future December 23, 2019: The First Lady of Pakistan, Mrs. Samina Alvi, launched the 2nd annual mass deworming campaign of the Islamabad Deworming Initiative at Islamabad Model College for Girls, F-7/4 Islamabad. The school-based deworming program will treat 574,000 school-age children within 2,300 government and private schools, as well as Deeni Madaris, in Islamabad Capital Territory on 23rd January 2020. All children enrolled in classes 1-10 and out-of-school children aged 5 – 14, will be encouraged to access treatment at a nearby school on deworming day.  Ms. Samina Alvi, the chief guest […]


ITA holds consultation to accelerate notification and implementation of PFCE Act 2014

Civil society organization Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), in collaboration with Oxfam in Pakistan, United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) organized a consultation session on Tuesday, December 17, in Lahore, with stakeholders from government, civil society and education sector to discuss acceleration of notification and implementation of Punjab Free and Compulsory Education (PFCE) Act 2014. Punjab Standing Committee on Education Chairperson Aisha Nawaz Chaudhry, Punjab Standing Committee on Gender Mainstreaming Chairperson Uzma Kardar, MPA Ayesha Iqbal, Advisor to Punjab Education Minister Aasiya Khurram Agha, and members from Private Schools Association, civil society and academia attended the event. The meeting explored […]