Punjab


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 […]


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 […]


AAWAZ II plans Early Market Engagements in Peshawar and Lahore

The AAWAZ II team will be organizing two Early Market Engagements (EMEs), one in Peshawar on August 8, 2019, and another in Lahore on August 9, 2019 to allow interested organizations an opportunity to gain clarity on the EOI application process, on AAWAZ and our approach. Interested organisations should send in their details: Name of organization and name of representative attending to Zeeshan.jadoon@britishcouncil.org.pk no later than 11:30 AM, 7th August 2019. Details on the location and timings for all those registered will be emailed by 1:30 PM, 7th August 2019 to allow for travel from other districts. Interested applicants/attendees will have to cover their […]


CSC launches its project to promote women’s rights in Punjab

Community Support Concern (CSC) is an NGO that has been working on Community Development for last 28 years focusing on improving the lives of the underserved communities in Punjab. The main objective of the organization is to provide quality services to the neglected communities through various project interventions like in health, education, awareness on women rights, paralegal trainings, legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, and economic assistance to the poor through access to microcredit loans. CSC is implementing the project “Promotion of Women’s Right in Punjab and Capacity Development”(PWRPCD) in 30 villages of two Tehsils; Ferozewala and Sharqpur of […]


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 […]


What’s wrong with Punjab [Child] Marriage Restraint Act 2015

by Syed Miqdad Mehdi The fact that our policy-makers thought about this issue and passed this bill should be appreciated. However, I am surprised that the word ‘child does not appear in the title of the bill. It now reads as the Punjab Marriage Restraint Act 2015. Furthermore, this law is not in accordance with international commitments or the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children or the rights that are given by the Constitution of Pakistan. The definition that has been given in Section 2(a) of the act, regarding who exactly is a child, is flawed. According to it, […]


‘Marriage: No Child’s Play’ launched in Lahore

Lahore, May 24, 2017: A five-year project aimed at preventing child marriages by  enabling young people to make informed decisions regarding marriage and health rights was launched at a local hotel on Friday. The event was organized by Bedari in collaboration with Oxfam. This project is being implemented in Sindh by Indus Resource Center (launching ceremony in Sindh was held earlier this month, and has been reported here on this website). The project ‘Marriage: No Child’s Play’ is a multi-country initiative designed to equip young people, especially young girls, with life skills education and providing them with socio-economic opportunities through policy […]


Mumkin Alliance

Mumkin EVAW Alliance was established in 2009 by collective efforts of 15 provincial, national and international Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that were working to combat violence against women since many years in Punjab. Keeping in view the alarming situation of VAW and a visible increase of crimes against women, these NGOS aimed to join hands to raise women voices vehemently and prominently for a deeper impact. Among the members of alliance a dire need to build synergies and coordination was felt so all members decided to sit together for one same objective to prevent and decrease violence against women and […]


CRM Punjab meets Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Child Rights Movement (CRM) – Punjab has held a meeting with Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (Chairman Pakistan People’s Party) today at Bilawal House in Lahore. The meeting had a one point agenda – Support for The National Commission on the Rights of Children Bill 2017. This bill is in the Senate (or upper house of the parliament of Pakistan). The  CRM delegation sought PPP’s support for the passage of the bill in the Senate. To the delight of the delegates, chairman PPP assured of his party’s full support for the passage of the bill from the Senate. He promised that […]


Projects to fight child labour found wanting

By Qadeer Tanoli Published in Express Tribune on January 30, 2017 A total of seven projects in the public sector have been functioning in the four provinces to fight against child labour, four of which are in Punjab alone for which over Rs911 million have already been released, but the designed outcome of these projects is yet to see the light of day.untless children are still out of the radar of the provincial government. Cases like that of Tayyaba and a lot more continue to surface on the media to get the attention of the authorities concerned to eliminate child […]