Women


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 […]


Attitudinal, environmental barriers hinder transgender people, women & PWDs from observing general elections 2018

Preliminary Findings of Experiential Study by Coalition for Inclusive Pakistan (CIP) ISLAMABAD, September 25, 2018: Despite progressive legislative and policy measures to facilitate participation of transgender people, women and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the electoral processes, these individuals faced attitudinal and environmental barriers in the exercise of their right to vote and to observe elections on an equal basis with others during General Elections 2018. Preliminary findings of experiential study conducted by the Coalition for Inclusive Pakistan, (CIP) suggest that voters with disabilities and disabled election observers largely found polling stations inaccessible but the attitudes of police, security staff […]


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 […]


Amendment to Pakistan Penal Code – Child Marriages, Forced Marriages with Women from Minority Communities

Parliament of Pakistan has passed a new law that amends the Pakistan Penal Code. It now needs assent of the President of Pakistan to become law. The new law has also suggested punishment for cases of forced marriages of minor girls or women, belonging to minority groups. The existing section 498-B of the PPC reads: “Whoever coerces or in any manner whatsoever compels a woman to enter into marriage shall be punished with imprisonment of description for a term which may not be less than three years and shall also be liable to a fine of Rs500,000”. In the amendment, […]