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31 Dec 2011 description

Executive Summary

“Walking the talk”

It is often only in retrospect that we see the success of interventions. This is true for Dalit movements and organisations struggling at the local or national level as well as for joint efforts of Dalit human rights defenders at the international level.

27 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

KARACHI, 26 December 2011 (IRIN) - In certain cafés close to medical colleges in Pakistan, and of course within the institutions themselves, students studying gynaecology speak of some unexpected sights they have seen.

"Recently, we examined a woman who complained of pain in her genital region. We were shocked to see when we examined her that she had suffered some mutilation of her private parts. I have read about these practices but I didn't know they took place here," Zeba Khan, a 4th year medical student, told IRIN.

21 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Raheela Chaudhry

SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 20 December 2011 – Nawo squints in the early morning sunlight as her 3-year-old daughter, Sarita, walks barefoot through the dirt. Around them, the land is scarred and piled high with the ruins of their home.

Theirs was one of hundreds of thousands of houses in Sindh Province destroyed by the torrential rains in August and September. An estimated 4.8 million people were affected, half of them children. Many had just started to rebuild their lives after major flooding the previous year.

A series of tragedies

20 Dec 2011 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 4,299,868
Balance Requested: US$ 1,665,263

Geneva, 19 December 2011

Dear colleagues,

20 Dec 2011 description

Carlton Hotel DHA, Karachi:

A consultative workshop on "Child Protection Policy & SOPs for Separated & Unaccompanied Children During Emergency" was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) at a Carlton Hotel on Saturday.

19 Dec 2011 description

Introduction:

Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series

The 2009–2010 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series worked to address many critical and neglected maternal health topics. During this period, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Health Initiative (GHI) co-convened 10 public meetings and 2 private workshops with the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to identify challenges and discuss strategies for advancing the maternal health agenda.

19 Dec 2011 description

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/8 and Security Council resolution 1974 (2011), in which the Council requested me to report on developments in Afghanistan every three months.

16 Dec 2011 description

Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season to you! We are so thankful for your friendship and partnership that is helping villages transform out of poverty!

Here is our latest News Behind the News and we invite you to contact us if there is any particular country or project you are interested in learning more about, or contributing towards!

Hal Jones
GHNI President/CEO

Afghanistan

15 Dec 2011 description

1. Who are we?

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) regional office for South Asia has existed since 1997 to support the work of its member national societies and country offices to improve the lives of vulnerable people in the region. The support provided focuses on capacity building and technical assistance and advice. Increasingly we aim to follow an integrated approach to programming which we can present as a working example to the membership.

14 Dec 2011 description

"These reforms will be of little practical benefit until authorities create mechanisms for compensating and rehabilitating victims of gender-based violence" - Amnesty International's Sam Zarifi

Tue, 13/12/2011

Pakistan authorities must take concrete steps to end violence against women, Amnesty International said today after the country's Senate unanimously passed two landmark women's rights bills.

09 Dec 2011 description

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AHRC-STM-192-2011
December 9, 2011

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011

PAKISTAN: The government dodges the international community on civil and political rights

The full report is available for download at http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/hrreport/2011/AHRC-SPR-008-2011/view.

08 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Raheela Chaudhry

SINDH PROVINCE, Pakistan, 6 December 2011: A new type of UNICEF integrated emergency facility is providing protection and assistance to tens of thousands of flood-displaced children and women in Pakistan.

These spaces, known as ‘Protective Learning and Community Emergency Services’ (PLaCES), offer child protection, education, recreation and community-engagement activities, and are also raising awareness about the protection needs of children and women, including the need to be protected from early and forced marriage.

08 Dec 2011 description

This week, events are taking place across the globe to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a campaign to end violence against women, which, according to the UN, 70 percent of women will experience in their lifetime.

07 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

PESHAWAR, 7 December 2011 (IRIN) - Armed with only a slightly used copy book sent by her aunt from Peshawar, the capital of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtoomkhw'a province, Azeera Gul, 12, is fighting for the rights of girls to an education.

06 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

MINGORA, 6 December 2011 (IRIN) - Women in the Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtoonkh'wa province are working harder than ever to keep their households running.

To some extent this makes them happy, allowing them to reclaim lives put on hold during the militant Taliban reign, which ended in July 2009 after a military operation, allowing tens of thousands of IDPs to return [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=85249 ].

02 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund
Floods Update
Flood Response Infographics

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Sindh:

  • 4.8 million affected, of which 2.4 million are children and 1.2 million women.

  • Close to 250,000 people are still displaced in over 700 camps; returnees in dismal conditions

  • 46% of the health facilities were damaged by the floods.

  • Breast feeding frequency reduced from 5 to 4 times a day in flood affected areas.

  • Open pit latrine use decreased roughly by 10% and open defecation increased by 11-17%, increasing exposure to disease.

29 Nov 2011 description
report IRIN

QUETTA, 29 November 2011 (IRIN) - Gehava Bibi, 9, is very excited. She is visiting the city of Quetta, capital of the southwestern province of Balochistan, with her father to buy some basic school supplies. She has never held a pencil or piece of chalk. "This seems like magic," she told IRIN as she awkwardly drew a few squiggly lines across a piece of paper offered to her by the shop-owner.

27 Nov 2011 description

Here is some welcome news for women's rights in Pakistan.

The Pakistani National Assembly this month passed a bill that outlaws the onerous practice of settling disputes between tribes and families by using women as peace tokens.

The practice, known as Sawra, has a long history, but the parliament decided that there is no reason to continue it, particularly when the bartered bride is doomed to a lifetime of unhappiness in her forced marriage.