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report Theirworld

This week we have been marking International Women's Day with inspiring stories about people who are tackling gender inequality. Here we look at the continuing attacks on girls' education. Around the world there are 121 million children and adolescents who don't go to school.

Girls make up 53% of those out of primary school and 52% of of those out of lower secondary school, even though only 48% of the world’s under-15 population are girls, according to the Global Partnership for Education.

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KEY OBSERVATIONS/FINDINGS

  • Umerkot and Sanghar received less or limited rainfall during 2016 monsoon compared to 2015, while Tharparkar received more rainfall in 2016 compared to 2015.

  • The rains were not timely and did not prove adequate for agriculture activities to the required extent resulting in less yield per acre compared to normal year in Tharparkar and Umerkot.

13 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • 264 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

  • 6,746 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

  • 9,905 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

  • 53,582 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

  • 75% of returnees from Pakistan (199 individuals) assisted

  • 3% of returnees from Iran (250 individuals) assisted

Situation Overview

13 Mar 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

The total number of individuals displaced by conflict in 2016 has risen again slightly from last week to 653,294 as joint teams finalise assessments of those displaced last year.

In 2017 so far, 26,089 individuals have been verified as displaced, with 21 provinces recording some level of forced displacement. The provinces of highest displacement so far are Nangarhar, Kandahar, Faryab, Hilmand and Zabul.

13 Mar 2017 description

Jamil Nagri

GILGIT: A fresh case of polio disease was reported on Saturday in Diamer district of Gilgit- Baltistan after a gap of six years.

According to GB health department officials, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, confirmed poliovirus in 14-month-old Nisar Ahmed, a resident of Thore valley of district Diamer.

GB had been declared free of polio virus in 2012.

An official of the GB health department told Dawn that the child was admitted to a government hospital after being inflicted by poliovirus at his home.

11 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Parliamentary SDGs Secretariat and UNICEF Pakistan sign Letter of Agreement (LoA) to work together on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related to children and women in Pakistan

10 Mar 2017 description

by Els Debuf

A suicide bomb killed at least 20 in Kabul earlier this month, just as the United Nations reported a marked rise in the number of children dying in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict during 2016.

Mark Bowden, the United Nations humanitarian aid coordinator in the country, said the level of civilian casualties in Afghanistan was unlike anywhere else in the world outside Syria.

10 Mar 2017 description

Afghanistan - During the first week of March 2017, IOM delivered shelter and winter supplies to 1,112 vulnerable Afghan families who returned to Nangarhar province from Pakistan.

Since the beginning of 2016, nearly 260,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Pakistan. Over 70 percent of them have settled in Nangarhar province, both in the provincial capital Jalalabad and in rural districts.

10 Mar 2017 description

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

1.1 Introduction

Pakistan, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan appeared on the map of the world on 14 August 1947. It covers an area of about 796,096 km2 and shares its borders with China, India, Iran and Afghanistan.

10 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Ayaz Gul

ISLAMABAD —

Pakistan is defying calls for permanently opening the border with landlocked Afghanistan, asserting that terrorist attacks emanating from the neighboring country continue to hurt Pakistani citizens and security forces.

A string of deadly suicide bombings across Pakistan last month prompted authorities to close all regular crossings for movements of people and trade convoys across the largely porous frontier spanning roughly 2,600 kilometers.

10 Mar 2017 description

By Kashif Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Though the number of out-of-school children has reduced from last year’s figure of 24 million to 22.6 million, statistics of 2015-16 still paint a gloomy picture, calling for the imposition of real education emergency.

As many as 44pc children between the ages of five and 16 are still out of school.

The statistics further reveal that 21pc primary schools in the country are being run by a single teacher while 14pc have one room.

09 Mar 2017 description

Polio this week as of 8 March 2017

  • Coffee with Polio Experts: A short video-chat with Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication in Pakistan, on the prospects of eradicating polio in the country.

09 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Close to 7,800 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (or 6,613) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

09 Mar 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has announced a contribution of USD 7 million to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Afghan Refugees and host communities in Pakistan.

The official announcement was made by the Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and the Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai during a press event held in Islamabad.

09 Mar 2017 description

Based on a study conducted in the Pakistani town of Haripur that investigated children’s attitudes toward identity, this Peace Brief finds that identity-based divides are in fact not the primary drivers of conflict at the community level, but notes the continuing salience of gender identity, which produces differing social expectations and differing understandings of conflict resolution roles.

Summary

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Families returned this week: 1,539

Families returned in 2017: 7,531

Families returned total*: 237,699

Families remaining in displacement: 66,472

09 Mar 2017 description

IFTIKHAR A. KHAN

ISLAMABAD: Eighty-four per cent of the population does not have access to safe drinking water in a country where commercial banks posted windfall profits exceeding Rs475 billion in three years, the Senate was told on Tuesday.

Quoting a study, Provision of Safe Drinking Water, conducted by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanvir Hussain said only 72pc of water supply schemes were found to be functional, and 84pc of those had supplied water that was not fit for consumption.

09 Mar 2017 description

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2274 (2016), in which I was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

09 Mar 2017 description
report The Asia Foundation

March 8, 2017
By Zeeshan Ali

In January, Pakistan’s National Assembly approved a government bill for out-of-court settlements, known as the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Bill. The move paves the way for non-traditional dispute mechanisms, such as the jirga or panchayat, to complement the formal system of justice and provide a means of settling disputes outside of Pakistan’s beleaguered court system.