Pakistan


Preserving Endangered Languages of Northern Pakistan – Forum for Languages Initiative (FLI)

Forum for Language Initiatives (FLI) is a training and resource center working with communities in Northern Pakistan (including the regions of Gilgit, Baltistan, and Chitral) to preserve endangered languages there. They have recently developed a video documentary covering their work for the preservation of mother languages. We commend FLI on this wonderful initiative, and wish them all the best in their endeavor to preserve these languages. Note: This forum is open to providing support to such initiatives. Any organization that wants to share their stories are welcome to write to us at contact@pakngos.com.pk


#EqualyLoud – Small Grants for Short Films in Pakistan

The Little Art (through its project Zero mm Youth Film Festival Southasia) is seeking proposals to support short film production through small grants. The grants aim to support young independent filmmakers from Pakistan. Proposal can be sent by anyone over the age of 18 years, but projects shall engage under 25 young people working in key roles in the projects. Projects seeking for support shall include narrative/fiction films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of gender equality, violence against children specially young girls and women, and empowerment of the marginalized from gender and rights perspective. Themes […]


“Pakistan Saga Awards 2019” honors personal stories of struggle amid social vulnerabilities

24 August 2019 A colourful “Pakistan Saga Awards 2019” ceremony celebrating some of the best video packages on pluralism, diversity, and rights was held in Islamabad, participated by diplomats, journalists, and scholars participated. The top three awards were bagged by videos narrating stories of courage and bravery of a person living with disability, a transgender, and a religious minority – individuals who are grow up as excluded.   “Pakistan Saga” (www.pakistansaga.com) has been an initiative of Pak Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based think tank, highlighting pluralism, diversity, and harmony. In his introductory remarks, PIPS director Muhammad Amir Rana said that […]


Women’s Action Forum (WAF) Pakistan issues statement on the Kashmir Crisis

August 07, 2019 (Islamabad) The Women’s Action Forum (WAF) Pakistan is stunned by the news that, on 5th August 2019 the President of the Republic of India passed a decree, crafted by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This changes the very basis of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir, stripping it of its special status. Revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution has seriously undermined the spirit of democracy and justice in India. By removing Article 35A India has reneged on the historical principle of protecting Kashmir’s land, property and resources from outside appropriation. This will […]


ICRC seeks applications/nominations for Pakistan Humanitarian Reporting Award 2019

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ-IBA) invite Pakistani journalists to submit entries for consideration to the Humanitarian Reporting Award 2019. The award will focus on work produced in the field of humanitarian reporting and will be judged in four categories: Mainstream Broadcast (Urdu); Mainstream Print (Urdu); Mainstream Print (English); Online (English & Urdu) Winners in each category will be awarded Rs.100,000 and runner-ups will receive Rs.80,000. Participants can send stories/packages that they have published/produced on humanitarian issues from September 17, 2018 to August 20, 2019. Ideally, the stories should have focused […]


FAO distributes Kharif packages in tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started distributing Kharif packages to 8,500 households that includes 265 women headed families in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This is part of the JICA and DFID funded projects, where FAO is providing certified 20-kilogram certified maize seed, 10 kilogram French beans seed and Rhode grass fodder seed to each household.   The improved climate resilient crops seed packages are provided to support the farming families in restoration of crop production. The beneficiaries were oriented by the Farmer Field School Facilitators on improved crop management practices, including post-harvest handling. […]


Afghanistan & Pakistan Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress held

Islamabad-15 January 2019: Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, (IPD) Islamabad hosted a two-day Congress under its banner initiative Centre for Women Peace and Leadership titled “Afghanistan and Pakistan- Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress”. It is a Cross Border/Regional Level Initiative. The initiative was taken in partnership with Afghan Girls Debating Program – an initiative of Institute of Business Studies Afghanistan, and Women Regional Network with the kind support from N-Peace Network in Islamabad on January 14-15, 2019. Ms. Andleeb Abbass, Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, graced the Congress as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion Ms. Andleeb […]


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 […]