Pakistan


Open Parliament – Bridging the gap between citizens and elected representatives

Parliament Watch and Reforms (PWR) is a project of Free and Fair Elections Network (FAFEN). Funded by the European Commission (EC), PWR strives to generate an objective discourse and action on performance of elected representatives and legislative bodies contributing to the parliamentary reforms. FAFEN began directly observing proceedings of the National Assembly in December 2008. This unique initiative produced a valuable set of information on the performance of the Lower House and its members. In July 2011, the direct observation was extended to the Senate and the four Provincial Assemblies. PWR website is an interesting portal for those interested in […]


NPOs criticize government for proposed tax on their surplus funds

Islamabad – The non-profit organisations (NPOs) have voiced their concerns over proposed imposition of income tax on the organisations on their surplus restricted funds by the government through the Finance Bill 2017-18. In a joint declaration issued here through the platform of Pakistan Development Alliance (PDA), NPOs voiced their concern and demanded to withdraw any such proposal, describing it as “unwarranted and unjustifiable.” The federal government, under Section 100 C of the Finance Bill 2017, has proposed income tax at 10 per cent for NPOs on surplus restricted funds. In case the administrative expenses exceed 15 per cent of the total […]


Breast Cancer – something we should not ignore

by Arshad Mahmood I didn’t think much about breast cancer until last year when a close relative, who was living a remarkably healthy life, was suddenly asked by her family doctor for further investigations to confirm whether she had breast cancer. The news sent out a shockwave across the family. A happy family with a routine life was suddenly faced with an uphill task of visiting Lahore almost every week for the investigations and later, when it was confirmed, for treatment. This disturbing period resulted in the husband experiencing a heart attack. It was a year-long painful and exhausting exercise […]


Stolen Childhoods – Report launched in Pakistan by Child Rights Movement

One in every four children being robbed of their childhood. Pakistan has just made it into the top 150 best countries to grow up in, ranking behind regional neighbors India, Iran and China, a new report ‘Stolen Childhoods’ reveals. Stolen Childhoods comprises an index of 172 countries, ranking Pakistan as the 148th [or 25th worst country] best country for children to experience childhood, narrowly ahead of Afghanistan (152) but behind Sudan (144) and Yemen (140). Iran (80) and China (41) both made to the top 100, while India ranked 116th. Child Rights Movement (CRM) launched the report in Pakistan yesterday. The report, prepared […]


Pakistan stands 136th on global ranking on child rights.

The KidsRights Index is the annual global index published by the KidsRights Foundation which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation, in cooperation with Erasmus University Rotterdam: Erasmus School of Economics and the International Institute of Social Studies. The KidsRights Index comprises a ranking of all states that are parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and for which sufficient data is available. This is a total number of 165 countries. At present the Convention on the Rights […]


Parwaan Pakistan scales up its Early Childhood Care and Education, and Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program

Parwaan is a joint collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Education and Children’s Global Network with funding support from Open Society Foundation. In line with its vision of establishing 0.5 million ECCE centers across Pakistan by 2030 and to ensure access and provision of quality early childhood care and education to all children, the Alliance is, now, scaling up its youth social entrepreneurship and early childhood care and education program to 15 districts in Pakistan to train 2000 youth to establish Early Childhood Care and Education centers across Pakistan, benefiting​ more than 25,000 children under age 5 during 2017-18. Parwaan […]


State of Pakistan’s Children 2016 – An Overview

Among the most alarming revelations in 2016 was the failure of Pakistan to achieve targets set under all Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). This situation calls for immediate and effective policy measures and strong adherence to and implementation of existing legislation. The National Assembly of Pakistan passed a unanimous resolution to adopt the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a national development agenda. However, the effectiveness of initiatives for year 2030 needs to be seen. It has been 26 years since Pakistan signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), however, the implementation of its protocols in […]


SPARC Launches Annual State of Pakistan’s Children Report 2016

Islamabad, 27th April 2017: Despite the growing incidences of violence and abuse against children, there still remains a severe absence of the necessary measures that can help protect children. This was stated at the launch of the annual ‘State of Pakistan’s Children’ report, by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC). Speaking at the event, Sadia Hussain, Executive Director SPARC said: “Children’s rights have long been a neglected issue. While there has been progress in legislation related to child rights, Pakistan still lags behind international standards due to the poor implementation of existing child protection […]


Live access to UNCAT Committee’s review of Government of Pakistan

The United Nations Committee Against Torture is set to review the government of Pakistan on April 18 and 19 on its compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment during its 60th session. This is the first time the Committee – comprising 10 independent experts — is reviewing Pakistan since the country signed on the UN CAT in 2008 and ratified it in 2010. The ratifying states are under an obligation to implement the Convention’s provisions. In its Initial State Report, submitted five years late, to the Committee, Pakistan argued that […]


Pakistan Parwan Alliance

Pakistan Parwan Alliance envisages a society that is fair, safe and equal for all. Its Mission is to create enabling environment where individuals are able to exercise sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through engagement with government, policy-makers, private sector, media, civil   society, communities and other relevant stakeholders. The aims and objectives of the Alliance are: Strengthening of PPA – Alliance in Pakistan to foster a strong and robust SRHR Movement in Pakistan. Reform and strengthen policies, laws, procedures and institutions to ensure realization of SRH Rights of every one including disabilities and marginalized communities. Access to Comprehensive Sexuality […]