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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 […]


Nominations Open for USIP’s Women Building Peace Award

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award represents the Institute’s commitment to highlighting the vital role of individual women who are working every day in fragile or conflict-affected countries or regions in the pursuit of peace. The award will honor a woman peacebuilder whose substantial and practical contribution to peace is an inspiration and guiding light for future women peacebuilders. The awardee will receive $10,000, to be used at the recipient’s discretion, and be recognized at a ceremony in October 2020 at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Because this award aims to celebrate the […]


FAO organizes a technical session on ‘Accounting for Water’

Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) organized a Technical Session Water Accounting Results at Provincial Level for Sindh and Punjab from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017. It was held in Islamabad on December 9, 2019. It was attended by participants from the world bank, and Agriculture Departments of different provinces including FAO technical experts. Pakistan faces an acute water shortage which is compounded by high climatic variability. In light of the growing concerns to address the water crisis, sustainable management of water resources merits urgent attention and remains a key government priority. In an effort to promote judicious management of […]


Human Rights Reel- Film Festival 2019 concludes marking the Human Rights Day

Islamabad, 10 December 2019: The 5th edition of the “Human Rights Reel- Film Festival concludes marking the Human Rights Day (HRD) in Islamabad. The closing ceremony of the festival and commemoration of the HRD was co-organised by the Embassy of Switzerland and United Nations in Pakistan. The theme of this year’s HRD was “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”. The objective of the film festival was to amplify the importance and enhance knowledge about the universality and diversified nature of the human rights issues among Pakistani audience especially the Youth through the creative medium of films.  H.E, Thomas Kolly, Ambassador […]


Pak NGOs launches WhatsApp alert service

In response to growing demand from its users, Pak NGOs has launched WhatsApp Alerts Service on December 1, 2019. It is a paid service. It can be availed even if a user is not in Pakistan. It remains active as long as the user’s WhatsApp account is active. How it works: Charges: Rs 1000 per year The amount can be paid through easy paisa account. The WhatsApp number is 0333 8890823. The user MUST save this number in his/her phone in order to receive alerts. The user can send a screen shot of the message he/she receives after making the […]


Poster Competition “Youth Voices on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”

Blue Veins is a non-governmental organization working for the empowerment of women and other socially isolated groups. Blue Veins works to empower communities towards improving their status which is essential for them in realizing their full potential of social, political and economic development and for promoting gender diversity and inclusiveness. Blue Veins is organizing a national -level poster competition having out the theme of ” Youth Voices on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights”. Through this competition the youth would be provided an opportunity to showcase their thoughts and explore their ideas regarding to the issues of their SRHR and […]


Two-day Children’s Literature Festival comes to Peshawar

The two-day 63rd Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), the largest learning festival for children and teachers in Pakistan, a flagship program of civil society organization Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), will be held on December 10-11, 2019 at two well-known locations in Peshawar – Nishtar Hall and Peshawar Museum. The event, being co-hosted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Culture, will be held in collaboration with provincial departments of Tourism, Youth & Sports and the Elementary & Secondary Education. The festival will be open to all from 9am to 4pm on both the days. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Tourism, Culture, Sports, Archaeology and Youth Affairs […]


PMIC, CEIP and GharPar join hands for the economic empowerment of 1,500 individuals

Lahore, November 28 2019: Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC), GharPar Tech Pvt Limited and CSC Empowerment and Inclusion Programme (CEIP) signed an MOU aimed at skill development of aspiring women entrepreneurs with the aim to foster women empowerment and enhance financial inclusion. The signing ceremony was attended by Yasir Ashfaq – CEO PMIC, Shameelah Ismail CEO GharPar and Shaista Jan CEO CEIP. In Punjab alone the labour force participation stands at a mere 36.3%. This partnership between PMIC, CEIP and GharPar aims to create an enabling environment for women to have access to capital which will help them become micro […]


Nominations Open for Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support

The Open Heart Foundation has announced that they have started receiving nominations for Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support. Here is their message: The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) is a Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity dedicated to helping refugees and people in need worldwide.  We are sending the following to inform you that we are now receiving nominations for the fourth edition of the Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support (SIARA), which is organized in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The award’s winner will receive AED 500,000 (US$136,000) as a special contribution […]


Universal Children’s Day celebrated in Islamabad

See also – Universal Children’s Day – Aik Ta’aruf Child Right Movement Pakistan – a network of about 500 organizations – celebrated the Universal Children’s Day 2019 and 30 years of United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at F-9 Park, Islamabad. More than 600 children from different schools, orphanages and slum areas of the twin cities participated in the event. Different fun and recreational activities were designed for children. Parents, community members, parliamentarians, and celebrities were also present there to celebrate this day. Parliamentary Secretary Health Yasmeen Rashid, while addressing the participants, said that Pakistan was […]


FAO distributes Rabi packages in newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar: 14 November 2019, Peshawar – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has started distribution of Rabi packages to 8 000 households, including 410 women-headed households, in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These packages are being distributed under the DFID-supported project, “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Merged District Programme,” where FAO is providing 50-kilograms of certified wheat seeds, 25-kilograms of pea seeds and Rhode grass fodder seeds to each household. Another 1 000 farming families were provided these packages under the project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The improved climate resilient crops seed packages are provided […]


Annual Civil Society Organizations’ (CSO) Learning Event scheduled for 7th/8th November

Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) is organizing its Annual Civil Society Organizations’ (CSO) Learning Event as part of its 10th Annual Convention on 7th & 8th November 2019 from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM at PAFSOM Arena, Islamabad. The theme of the event this year is “Inclusive Education: Leaving no one behind” with the subthemes include Education & Disability          Abidjan Principles for Privatization of Education SDG 4 progress                      Financing for Education   This learning event will provide a unique opportunity to discuss major opportunities, challenges on topics with reference to national and international discourse and brainstorm future initiatives […]


A Success for Transgender Community in Pakistan

Safeer Ullah Khan Transgender community faces multiple challenges in Pakistan. It is only recently that they have been recognized as a separate gender by the State of Pakistan, and allowed to register themselves as citizens. ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 was another significant achievement in the legal sphere. Though these are no mean achievements, the discrimination against transgender community is too deep rooted in the society to go with mere enactment of a law. Our recent history is choked with horrid cases of gender discrimination. Transgender persons were attacked, many got killed or tortured, and a few could […]


The Karachi International Water Conference scheduled for 26th and 27th November

The Karachi International Water Conference (KIWC) takes place in Karachi every two years. Over the past six years, it has evolved and attained a position of prominence as a “must attend” major water event in the region. The Conference provides a neutral platform for people from all walks of life to come together and engage in discourse, deliberations and debate a wide variety of water related topics, challenges, issues and solutions from international, regional and Pakistan perspectives. Participants share insights, knowledge, research findings and innovations. This year the conference is taking place on 26-27 November 2019. Dr. Arif Alvi, the […]


ADB Project to Enhance Secondary Education in Sindh

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (28 October 2019)— The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $75 million loan for a project that will help improve the quality, accessibility, and gender responsiveness of the secondary education system and infrastructure in the province of Sindh, home to Pakistan’s financial center of Karachi. Pakistan has 22.8 million out-of-school children, 28% of whom are in Sindh. The province also has the second-lowest gross enrollment ratios and net enrollment rates at all education levels in the country. The secondary education sector faces challenges ranging from outdated and dilapidated infrastructure, lack of access to schooling—particularly for girls—and poor […]


National Olive Festival held in Chakwal

A two-days National Olive Festival was organized jointly by Barani Agricultural Research Institute, the Punjab Agriculture Department, USAID’s Punjab Enabling Environment Project (#PEEP), and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council in Chakwal at the premises of Barani Agricultural Research Institute on 26 and 27 October. It attracted a large number of visitors, including students from local schools and colleges. The visitors enjoyed tasting various varieties of olives from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan. The festival also featured a food court serving local dishes and a cultural corner where visitors were treated to folk music. One of the main attractions for the […]


Criminal Responsibility and Pakistani Laws

Wajahat Ali Malik The term criminal responsibility refers to a person’s ability to understand his or her conduct at the time a crime is committed. In other words, what a person is thinking when he commits a crime, or what result is anticipated or expected when a crime is committed. Laws define crimes in terms of an act or omission (actus reas) and a mental state (mens reas), so criminal responsibility relates to the mental state element of a crime. In order to be convicted of a particular crime, there must be proof that the person engaged in the alleged […]


‘Artivism for Child Justice’ launched

October 23, 2019, Islamabad: Honourable Minister of Law & Justice, Dr. Farogh Naseem in collaboration with Group Development Pakistan launched the ‘Artivism for Child Justice’ campaign for ensuring and enforcing child justice across Pakistan in an event held at Islamabad. The awareness campaign focuses on child justice using arts as a tool to reach out to people from different socio-economic backgrounds. ‘Artivism’, a concept adopted in consultation with children uses local indigenous arts like truck arts, puppetry, interactive theatre, visual art and musicians to allow ownership of this youth transformative process. Truck arts, a popular art form is being used […]