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Gender gap in voters climbs to 12.72m

ISLAMABAD: With the total number of registered voters reaching 112.39 million, the gap between male and female voters has climbed to 12.72 million. A document on the latest voters’ statistics exclusively available with Dawn shows that the number of male and female voters across the country stood at 62.55m (55.66 per cent) and 49.83m (44.34pc), respectively. The number of transgender people on…

NCSW, UN Women Pakistan initiate development of National Gender Data Portal

Islamabad: To improve collection, compiling, production and use of standardised data for reporting on the country’s national and international commitments and guiding informed policy on gender equality, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and UN Women Pakistan have initiated the development of a National Gender Data Portal. First of its kind in Pakistan, the Portal will fill…

In a first, all provinces get one woman district poll commissioner

ISLAMABAD: Days after the anno­u­­nc­ement of delimitation schedule for local government polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a massive shake-up in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has redeployed dozens of its officers. A significant feature of the reshuffle is that all the four provinces will now have at least one woman district election commissioner (DEC) for the first time…

Protection of social, political rights of women necessary to envision democracy: CPDI

Karachi, Wednesday 07 March 2018 (PR): On the occasion of international day for women, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has termed protection of social and political rights of women necessary to envision democratic, peaceful, inclusive and gender-equitable political system in Pakistan. International day for women is being celebrated all around the world to acknowledge women’s achievements throughout history…

Women need a greater political role

With another by-election not featuring any woman candidate and a growing gap between registered male and female voters, there is a need to bring women into the political mainstream. The call was made by the Centre for Peace and Development (CPDI), an independent not-for-profit civil society organisation working on issues of development and peace, on the eve of National Women’s…

73pc polling stations in NA-154 lack accessibility

LAHORE: Accessibility audit of NA-154 polling stations showed distressing statistics as it appeared that 73 percent of the sampled polling stations didn’t meet the essential accessibility criteria. This implies that persons with disabilities, elderly and the sick will not be able to make it to 73 percent of the polling stations on February 12, 2018 by-election in Lodhran-I. The report…

18 women face heinous crimes daily in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Like Qandeel Baluch of Multan and the 16-year-old girl of Dera Ismail Khan, about 18 women of Pakistan face heinous crimes every day in four provinces of the country as they are murdered, raped, or killed in the name of honour, fresh official data collected by The News revealed. While experts believe a large number of crimes against women…

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