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Friday, December 07, 2018
Women in politics: Gaining ground for progressive outcomes in Pakistan
Inclusive politics remains an elusive goal in Pakistan, which has a history of military interference in governance institutions, unstable elected governments and internecine conflict. Women’s voices, within the corridors of power or as constituents...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Change in Pakistan as women seize right to vote
Hameeda Shahid is making history. She is standing for parliament in a conservative tribal area of Pakistan which borders Afghanistan. Dir was once a Taliban stronghold where women had few rights and were not even allowed vote. She is fighting for a...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Pakistan: 3.8m more women added to electoral rolls due to registration drive, says ECP representative
An election commission representative has informed that the ECP’s aggressive registration drive in collaboration with Nadra and civil society had registered as many as 3.8 million women voters in recent months, compared to the initially identified...
Monday, May 14, 2018
Empty women seats in parliament
By Shehnila Zardari Women may account for half of the world’s population but their representation in parliament was recorded in 2015 at only 22.1%. Two decades earlier, the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women had unanimously signed the...
Monday, February 05, 2018
UN Women Report on ending violence against women in political and electoral processes in Pakistan
Pakistani women face unique and frequently more severe challenges to their political participation than men do. In particular, the violence faced by Pakistani female political candidates, and voters is a serious barrier to their full participation...
Friday, October 06, 2017
Roundtable to enhance political participation of women with disability in Pakistan
Islamabad: To enhance political participation of women with disability (WWD), participants of a roundtable discussion stressed for concrete measures to ensure issuance of national identity cards to WDDs and voter’s registration besides making...
Monday, February 13, 2017
Pakistan Electoral Reform Plans Aim to Boost Women's Participation in Politics
LAHORE, PAKISTAN — Reforms to Pakistan's electoral laws making it mandatory for political parties to allot five percent of their tickets to women candidates were approved on February 7, 2017 by the federal cabinet, the country's highest decision-...
Pakistan MP
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Pakistani female lawmaker harassed in parliament
KARACHI: A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced. Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an...
Friday, January 08, 2016
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly in Pakistan Elects First Female Deputy Speaker in its History
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly has recently elected Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani as the new Deputy Speaker. She will be the first woman to occupy this position in history. Before that, Dr. Roghani worked as Special Assistant for the Chief Minister...
Women in politics in Pakistan
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Quotas for women for legislative seats at the local level in Pakistan
  Democracy requires the equal access and full participation of both women and men, on the basis of equality, in all areasand at all levels of public life, especially in decision-making positions. Both the Beijing Platform for Action (PFA) andthe...
Friday, December 26, 2014
Malala Yousafzai for Prime Minister
The 16 December Peshawar school attack was the deadliest of its kind in Pakistan’s history. Pakistan, a protector, incubator and financier of terrorism lost 145 of its citizens, 132 of them children, in a mere 15 minutes of carnage perpetrated by...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Reforms stressed to strengthen women political leadership, Pakistan
Women political participation in Pakistan is constrained due to deep-rooted gender inequality and politics of patronage. There is need to not only sensitize political leadership but also introduce broader legislative and electoral reforms to...
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Press Release: New research reveals violence against women in politics rampant in South Asia
Violence against women in politics is rampant in South Asia according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women. The study, ‘Violence against Women in Politics’ revealed that the insufficient implementation of laws,...
Friday, May 02, 2014
Violence against women in politics: a study conducted in India, Nepal and Pakistan
Violence against women in politics - how common is it in South Asia? According to a new study by UN Women, it is rampant 60% of women do not participate in politics due to fear of violence; 45% per cent of women candidates in India face physical...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Country Reviews: Women’s Political Participation in South Asia.”
Governance in all South Asian countries is imbued with a predominantly patriarchal character. This is reflected in the fact that women form a disproportionately small segment of representatives in elected bodies across all levels of governance, and...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Depoliticisation, fiscal autonomy can improve police
What’s the role of the police in a community? Is it to serve the citizens by ensuring their security or to maintain public order by coercive power?  Lawyers, human rights activists, journalists and citizen-based groups deliberated over these vital...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Don’t negotiate women in Pakistan
While we women welcome the initiative of talks taken by the government and stand in full solidarity with them, we would like to clearly state that women will not be a negotiating chip this time. We have dealt with the Taliban for over a decade and...
Monday, December 30, 2013
Women in South Asia: Looking back at 2013, and ahead to 2014
Swarna Rajagopalan takes a look at the events that shaped women's rights and gender issues in South Asia in the last year, and what changes and developments we might see in the new year. 2013 witnessed a new awareness about sexual and gender-...