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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, 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-...
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...
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...
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...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN CONFERENCE 2013: "Emerging Role of Women in Muslim Societies: Opportunities and Challenges"
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...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Women prevented from voting during NA-25 DI Khan by-elections, Pakistan
Women voters were prevented from participating in the by-elections taking place in the Union Council Kari Shamuzi NA-25 earlier today, Express News reported. The reason behind this is not yet known. There are 308 polling stations where voting will...
Friday, September 06, 2013
The evolving role of women in Pakistani politics
In Pakistan’s upcoming general elections on March 11th 2013 only 36 women are contesting general National Assembly seats on political party tickets, up from 34 in the 2008 elections.This low number contradicts overall trends whereby a growing number...
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Women’s representation in Pakistan: Reduction in local govt seats decried
The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and civil society members expressed concern over the reduced number of women’s seats in local government bills enacted in Punjab and Sindh in a meeting held on Tuesday. The participants who...
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Pakistani women yearn for greater enfranchisement
Few female candidates ran for seats in the by-elections for provincial and National Assembly seats in Pakistan recently, let alone won. Similarly, after the country’s general elections in May 2013, the number of women holding contested National...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Nowshera, Lakki Marwat: Re-polling in stations with women vote bar, Pakistan
The Peshawar High Court on Monday ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-elections on polling stations of NA-5 Nowshera and NA-27 Lakki Marwat, where women were barred from voting on August 22 by-elections. The court has also...

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