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Thursday, September 03, 2020
First African-Pakistani lawmaker fights discrimination to rise up in politics: Interview with Tanzeela Qambrani
Tanzeela Qambrani (41) created history in Pakistan when she became the first Sheedi Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) of Sindh Assembly in 2018. Her election to the Sindh Assembly was significant for many reasons. As the first Sheedi lawmaker, she...
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Pakistan: Empowering women key to sustainable development:
“Empowering young women is key to Pakistan’s sustainable social and economic development,” said Usman Dar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs.   Addressing the launching ceremony of “Young Women in Pakistan: Status Report 2020” as...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Women in politics in Pakistan
Numerous studies from two decades in Pakistan have indicated that what little empowerment of women we have seen till now has stemmed from the increased representation in local governments. This increase to 33 percent took place in 2001. As a result...
Monday, March 09, 2020
A woman’s place is in the resistance: From the Aurat March to Shaheen Bagh
In 2018, several feminist groups in Pakistan organized marches under the banner of ‘Hum Auratien’ or simply Aurat (‘We Women’ in Urdu) in time for International Women’s Day on 8 March. These marches, held in the cities of Karachi, Lahore, and...
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Online participation of female politicians in Pakistan's General Elections 2018
This research report seaks to analyze the use of social media during the 2018 General Election in Pakistan. The report focuses on online participation and harassement of female politicians along with issues pertinent to elections in the digital age...
Friday, November 01, 2019
Pakistan: Women parliamentarian in Sindh rise above political affiliation
Women members of Sindh Assembly, representing both treasury and opposition benches here Friday pledged to unanimously support the cause of gender sensitivity, including provision for economic empowerment of women and excluded groups. Actively...
Friday, November 01, 2019
Female Empowerment in Pakistan
Pakistan ranks second lowest in the world for gender equality, placing at number 148 out of 149 countries. The nation ranked 146 in economic participation and opportunity and 97th in political empowerment. In an effort to work towards greater female...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Gender equality in public administration: Pakistan case study
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have recognized the utility and effectiveness of the UN system ‘delivering as one’. By effectively leveraging...
Friday, February 15, 2019
The rising voices of women in Pakistan
SHAHDARA, Pakistan – Bushra Khaliq stood in the middle of a village home, chin up and shoulders back, holding the attention of fifty women around her. Old and young, they wore Pakistani tunics and scarves; some cradled and fed babies, others shushed...
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-...
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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...

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