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Preparatory national consultation on justice with children held

Dated: Thursday, 14th January 2021 Islamabad: Leading the discussion during the Preparatory National Consultation on Justice with Children, key national and international stakeholders contributed to a meaningful discussion to pave the way forward for justice with children Group Development Pakistan (GDP) – a civil society organization registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 working on protecting and promoting child rights and strengthening child protection and justice with children across Pakistan, held a preparatory national consultation on Justice with Children, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Law and Justice, Terre des hommes Foundation, BackerMcKenzie, the office of the UNSRSG on […]


Samantha Power to head USAID

from Voice of America President-elect Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has picked Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the agency overseeing American foreign humanitarian and development aid.   If confirmed by the Senate, Power will head the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has an annual budget of about $20 billion. Biden also announced that he is elevating the position to the National Security Council within the White House, a signal that he will prioritize outreach to other nations.   Biden has said that USAID will coordinate America’s work to […]


Missing in Action: Experiences of women with climate journalism

This booklet narrates the stories of five female journalists from Pakistan who are working on environment- and climate-change-related issues. Women are being disproportionately and adversely impacted by climate change and female journalists are uniquely placed to understand and share their stories. However, these journalists are ‘missing in action’ from the media in sharing their experiences of environmental activism and climate action. The publication covers a range of challenges journalists face, from limitations on mobility and harassment, to gender-based discrimination in media houses. It highlights why environmental issues sometimes make headlines while remaining dormant at others. Additional details Author(s) Ebrahim, Zofeen […]


Lahore High Court Declares ‘Two Finger’ Virginity Test Illegal

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday declared virginity tests, including the two-finger test (TFT) for examination of sexual assault survivors “illegal and against the Constitution”, saying they had “no forensic value” in cases of sexual violence. In a 30-page judgement, Justice Ayesha A. Malik wrote that the virginity test “offends the dignity of the female victim” and was contradictory to Article 9 and Article 14 of the Constitution, which are related to the security and dignity of a person. The judgement declared that virginity tests are “discriminatory against the female victim as they are carried out on the basis […]


CPDI launches Report on State of Budget Transparency in Pakistan

Okara (11th December 2020): Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has launched its Annual Report on State of Budget Transparency in Pakistan. The report points out shortcomings in the budgeting process at the federal and provincial levels and states that budgets in Pakistan should be prepared in consultation with the stakeholders and information should be shared with citizens proactively during all stages of the budget making and budget implementation process. This was told by Ms. Asifa Khan, Director Programs, Foundation for Awareness & Civic Engagement (FACE) during a press conference here in Okara. The event was organized by FACE […]


Meet Gulnaz Tariq – First female president of the World Union for Wound Healing Societies

In September 2020, history was made. Gulnaz Tariq made history as she became the first woman ever elected to the position of President of the World Union for Wound Healing Societies. She is first Pakistani as well. Ms. Tariq is a Unit Manager for wound care/surgical in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) and resides in Abu Dhabi. She is a Registered Nurse with a Post Graduate Diploma BSc and MSc in Skin Integrity and Dermatology. She trained as a nurse in the armed forces and graduated with HONOURs. She has pursued further international wound care training by joining the International […]


Uks holds Webinar on Reporting Rape

Press Release by Uks Research, Resource & Publication Center, Islamabad Islamabad: Decmeber 9, 2020: Uks Research, Resource & Publication Center Islamabad and World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Global jointly organized a webinar on the topic of Will the media start reporting rape? observing International Human Rights Day. Having renowned journalists, media practitioners and human rights activists on the platform. The purpose of the webinar was to have a debate with participants on the mismatch of media’s reporting on rape cases with the actual rape incidents happening.   Anchoring the webinar Executive Director of Uks research Ms. Tasneem Ahmar drew […]


Gender Norms and Transport Financing – A Survey by CSC Empowerment and Inclusion Programme

A Press Note by CSC Empowerment and Inclusion Programme This is a developing story. The survey is still underway. It slowed down due to Covid2019. Pakistan is one of the lowest ranked countries in terms of gender parity. This is especially evident when we focus on the ability of men and women within the same household to move freely. We observe that transport and safety constraints (like sparse public transport and unsafe streets) are heavier burdens on women than on men in Pakistan. In partnership with researchers in political economics at Stanford University, we at CSC Empowerment and Inclusion Programme […]


CRTI Opposes Efforts to Weaken Federal Right of Access to Information Act, 2017

17-10-2020: Islamabad: The Coalition on Right to information (CRTI) strongly opposes the Right of Access to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which has been moved as a private member bill in the Senate of Pakistan. The said amendment bill, if enacted by the Parliament, will limit the scope of the right to information law by excluding Parliament from the definition of public bodies, which are bound to provide information to citizens. CRTI condemns this move for being malafide, unconstitutional and against the interests of people of Pakistan. Commenting on the move, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director of CPDI, said that the […]


IRADA’s Annual Report on Proactive Disclosure of Information Launched

The study is a three-dimensional (3-D) assessment comprising inter-province comparison (which territory is the most PDI compliant and transparent about voluntarily sharing information online), intra-province comparison (which common departments in provinces are best at sharing their information online) and inter-indicator comparison (which of the common indicators outlined in the four RTI laws are most shared proactively online by the provincial departments). According to the study, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government has achieved the best ranking and the federal government the worst ranking in terms of transparency and compliance with the mandatory proactive disclosure of information (PDI) clauses of Pakistan’s right […]


The proposed Council under ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2020 is heavily tilted in favor of government: Civic Path to Development

Islamabad: On Sept 16, the Senate of Pakistan has approved long awaited ICT Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2020. The act covers improving the condition of Persons with Disability (PWDs) in social, economic and political spheres. The act envisages a council entrusted with multiple functions that include implementation of the act, taking possible steps to protect PWDs from discrimination, exploitation and inhuman treatment and monitoring of government and private organization and issue them performance score cards periodically for the efforts they would make in implementation of the act.  The council consists of fourteen members, but its membership is heavily tilted […]


Collecting Data on Joblessness in Pakistan’s Development Sector

This is in continuation of our efforts to develop a case for improving policy environment for NGOs in Pakistan. Pak NGOs, in consultation with the NGOs Action Committee (NAC), has developed this form to collect data about people who lost their jobs due to the State policies. We request you to fill this form ONLY if it is applicable to you because we want to collect authentic data. Who should FILL this form? If you were were working for any CBO/NGO/INGO, and lost your job due to government policies. If your organization had to close its offices, or halt implementation […]


First Ever Transgender Health Care Manual Launched

Press Release by Blue Veins Blue Veins launched the first ever Transgender Health Care Manual at National Transgender Health Summit. The manual aims to promote greater awareness of the health concerns of transgender populations including disparities in treatment and barriers to care, health services research including cultural competency, mental health and well-being, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, hormone therapy and surgery, and best practices, protocols, and guidelines to ensure optimal care. The event was well attended by Transgender community, Policy makers Govt officials and Civil Society Organizations.  Rabia Basri Member of the Provincial Assembly and Chairperson Standing Committee on Health […]


Increasing Women’s Representation in Law

Press Release issued by Group Development Pakistan The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly 1.5 million people across the globe and more than 85,000 deaths have occurred since the disease first emerged in December last year. The Covid-19 crisis however, is more than just a public health emergency as it has also negatively affected systems that took decades to build, to secure access to fundamental rights such as education, healthcare, justice, economic growth and infrastructure with devastating social and economic impacts on vulnerable groups such as women and children. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the danger of the limited gains […]


Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund

The APF makes fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of practice, and places them at host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their work and plan for their futures. IIE-APF welcomes inquiries from threatened artists directly or from individuals or institutions nominating threatened artists for support. APF is for artists who are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence. Eligibility Criteria IIE-APF welcomes inquiries from institutions around the world interested in hosting threatened artists. Hosts can be academic institutions, arts residencies, […]


Report- “Access to Age-Assistive Technology: A resilience building measure for older people”

“Access to Age-Assistive Technology:  A resilience building measure for older people”. This report explores the intersection between age, gender and disability and the use of AT by older people, in emergency response and as a tool for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This report urges for sensitization and capacity building of humanitarian organizations for the inclusion and promotion of Assistive Product (AP) provision in humanitarian response and offers insight into key areas to enable AT provision to successfully meet the needs of older people. The report also explores age-assistive products beyond the traditional assistive products commonly supplied to support affected population and […]


Open letter to Punjab Assembly Members

We write to you today to express our grave concern over the passage of the draconian Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Bill 2020 (“the Bill”), which empowers the Directorate General Public Relations (“DGPR”) to visit and inspect any printing press, publication house or book store and confiscate any book, before or after printing. The vesting of such immense arbitrary and unilateral power in a single bureaucrat is in breach of even those reasonable restrictions that can be imposed on the right to freedom of expression under the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 (“the Constitution”). Moreover, due to the ambiguous wording of the Bill, there are […]


Govt barred from coercing NGOs for re-registration

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday restrained the Punjab government from taking coercive measures against civil society and non-government organisations (NGOs) for their re-registration under the Punjab Charities Act 2018. Justice Shahid Karim passed the order on a joint petition filed by over a dozen civil society organisations and the NGOs, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Aurat Foundation, South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP), AGHS Legal Aid and the Women Rights Association. Representing the petitioners, Advocate Hina Jillani stated before the court that the Punjab Assembly on Feb 28, 2018 had enacted the Punjab Charities Act, 2018. […]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charities Commission to be active soon

Source: JIO Welfare Organization Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charity Commission has been established and will be active very soon. As it happened in Punjab, all the nonprofit organizations (NPOs) based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be required to registered with the newly established commission. As per our information, the deadline for registration for NGOs/NPOs was set as August 5, 2020. This seems unrealistic now. However, we can safely say that the KP government will start registration soon. The Commission has set up its website, which can be visited here: KP Charities Commission. The screenshot is attached here.


Download Zainab Alert application now!

Zainab Alert is the child abduction emergency alert app developed to report and track a missing child. Once a case is reported on the app, it instantly galvanizes communities and law enforcement agencies to assist in search for the safe recovery of an abducted child. It’s a nonprofit and  non-commercial initiative and now has been officially launched from the platforms of law enforcement agencies. A flyer along with this email to give a brief about the app is also attached.  Below are the links of our social media handles & to download the mobile application. Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/zainabalerts/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/ZainabAlerts Android – http://bit.ly/2U3uDqu Apple […]