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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 polling stations accessible for the disabled persons....
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-making body. Under Pakistan's constitution, women are...
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 MP in Sindh province, spoke of her fury after...
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 for Social Welfare. More information on this...
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 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of...
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 the Pakistani Taliban (TTP). Malala Yousafzai, the...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Interview with Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai's Message to Women Alicia Menendez and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai discuss why women need to get involved in politics and why politics should invest in women. To watch the video please click here
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Fashion or Politics: Women in the Media, Pakistan
By Halima Tahirkheli, Electronic media has become more influential in Pakistan in the last decade due to the rapid development of communication technology. The media play a vital role in Pakistan by providing information and awareness about national and international issues among their audiences....
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 strengthen women political leadership in Pakistan. This...
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, lack of support from police and judiciary, the socio-...
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 violence and threats, while character assassination...
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 several studies have indicated that even those...
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 questions on Monday in a seminar where they...
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 with the traditional feudal mindset 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-based violence against women in South Asia, triggered...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Civil society seeks gender-based data for vote, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: To add to the hype surrounding local bodies elections, non-government organisation and human rights groups have urged the election commission to prepare and release gender disaggregated data.  Addressed to the Prime Minister, Senate chairman and chief ministers, the letter demands...
Thursday, November 21, 2013
International Women Conference 2013
The primary interest of this conference is a knowledge-based sociological change. Driven by globalization, the challenge that we face today is how to make the best use of the educational and economic opportunities available to women and what can their contribution be towards their society, without...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Political awakening of Pakistani women
Do not be misled by the depiction of Pakistani women in popular media. While the thought of Pakistani women may conjure a stereotypical oppressed and burqa-clad image, times are changing fast. The reality is that women in Pakistan are striving to leave a strong impression by participating in social...