Publications

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Rural Women in Pakistan Status Report 2018.

This report seeks to develop a comprehensive profile of rural women using available quantitative and qualitative secondary data. It aims to serve as a baseline for NCSW to track progress and provide evidence and recommendations for the enhancement of rural women’s economic and social well-being.

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Gender Perspectives on the National Climate Change Policy.

This study reviews the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) from a gender lens, framing it within the context of women's work and lives in Pakistan, and national and international policy instruments the Government of Pakistan is a party to, particularly the Paris Agreement and the subsequent Gender Action Plan.

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Standardized Indicators on Violence Against Women in Pakistan

This publication is designed as a resource guide for researchers, organizations and individuals working on VAW. It provides a set of six categories of the forms of violence within which specific acts of violence are indicated. These standardized Indicators are the result of a process adopted in Pakistan to translate the global VAW Indicators into a country specific set of Indicators.

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Nikkah Manual

NCSW was requested by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan to develop a manual for training of Nikah Registrars to ensure comprehensive filling of the Nikah Registration Form (Nikah Nama). The training manual and module were developed and submitted to the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (2014).

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Nikkah Module

NCSW was requested by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan to develop a manual for training of Nikah Registrars to ensure comprehensive filling of the Nikah Registration Form (Nikah Nama). The training manual and module were developed and submitted to the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (2014).

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Gender Review of Political Framework for Women Political Participation.

This review was done with the purpose to assess the discourse on women’s political empowerment and their level of participation in mainstream politics by analyzing the gender gaps in the Election Laws-General Elections 2007-08 and projects for women political empowerment run by the Ministry of Women Development (MoWD) and Gender Reforms Action Program (GRAP).

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Women, Violence and Jirgas

This report examines literature on the ‘Jirga’, the informal judicial system focusing on the structural and direct forms of violence against women embedded in the practice. It reflects on the evolution and contemporary role of jirgas and its antiwomen practices, its prevalence and interface with the formal legal system. This report is an effort by the NCSW to provide a composite picture of how the institution operates across the country and how it has become one of the loci of misogyny.

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Aurat Teri Kahani.

The book was launched by NCSW as a part of its efforts to encourage new women writers to come up with their creative literature in any form and give them a platform to raise their voices against the injustices. Written by Nagina Asif, Aurat Teri Kahani portrays the plight of women who face bitter realities of society in Pakistan.

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Access to Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault.

This pilot study was conducted to examine positive developments in the investigation and sentencing of cases of rape and sexual offences against women after the amendments in law in 2006 by the Protection of Women (Criminal Law Amendment), Act 2006. In addition to this, the objective of this exploratory pilot study is to track rape cases in order to highlight the institutional impediments to justice.

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A Policy Framework for Women's Equal Rights.

The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) initiated a study on women and policy in Pakistan at the beginning of 2010. The purpose of the study was to track discriminatory trends in current policies on women; uncover the flawed underpinnings of gender discriminatory policy approaches and; through a consultative process, recommend alternative approaches for fair and just policy making.

This study attempts to highlight the concerns emerging from the policies of the incumbent government and having identified some specific and urgent areas of concern, it proposes recommendations so that correctives may be made to existing policy.

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A Study of Formal and Parallel Legal Systems Prevalent in Pakistan.

Access to justice has been one of the most critical issues facing the citizens of Pakistan in particular women. This 2010 study examines Pakistan’s formal and informal legal systems through a gender perspective to assess whether these systems are cohesive and efficient when it comes to providing justice.

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Impact Assessment Report.

This impact assessment study was carried out in September 2010 to assess significant change within the project area of Public-Private Partnership to end “Honor Crimes” in Pakistan through the implementation of Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2004 project.

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Review of Formal and Parallel Legal and Illegal Systems

Access to justice has been one of the most critical issues facing the citizens of Pakistan in particular women. This 2010 study examines Pakistan’s formal and informal legal systems through a gender perspective to assess whether these systems are cohesive and efficient when it comes to providing justice.

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Extremism, its Impact on Society: Implications for Women.

On 18-19 August 2009, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) organized at two-day conference in Islamabad on ‘Extremism and its Impact on Society: Implications for Women.’ This report of the two-day event highlights major proceedings of the conference and points discussed by each respective speaker. The report includes resolutions and recommendations for various stakeholders related to protecting and promoting the rights of women and other minority groups in Pakistan.

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The Impact of Family Laws on the Rights of Divorced Women in Pakistan

This study is an attempt to review the relevant prevailing policy and family laws that have a direct bearing on the rights of divorced women. The main objective of this research study was to assess the level of adequacy and effectiveness of prevailing family laws in terms of their impact on the status and rights of divorced women in Pakistan and to formulate policy recommendations to assist the Government of Pakistan in initiating policy reforms in the context of divorced women.

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Research Report on Qisas Deyat Law.

Violence against women continues as a deeply embedded customary norm in the name of culture. The aim of this study is to identify the lacunas/defects resulting anomalies in Qisas and Diyat Ordinance adversely affecting women’s rights and status in Pakistan and to suggest recommendations to the Government of Pakistan to bring necessary changes/amendments in the said legislation according to the correct interpretation of Islamic Injunctions, ensuring justice and removal of any discrimination against women.

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Good Practices to Counter Violence against Women and Girls.

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Study to Assess Implementation Status of Women Protection Act 2006.

This review assesses the overall impact of the Act towards the protection of women’s rights and to compared to the Zina Ordinance and the changes that can be attributed to the amendments made in the ordinance through Women’s Protection Bill. This research also looked at the effectiveness of the Women’s Protection Bill and assessed the discriminatory aspects, left over from the Hadood Ordinance, which might have a negative consequence on women.

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Study on Local Bodies System and its Impact on Women.

This comprehensive study evaluates the success of the Devolution Plan in enhancing women’s agency in decision making within the local government system. The research analyzed the change in status of women and their inclusion into decision making processes, in their capacities as female nazims and female councilors. The research also endeavors to unearth the gaps in the Local Government System which fail to address gender needs.

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Recommendations on Qisas and Diyat Law.

Following an extensive of the Qisas and Diyat Law, the NCSW developed and submitted these recommendations to various stakeholders for consideration in related cases.

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Nizam-e-Adl (Inside Out)

This comprehensive study accurately depicts the history and background of the Swat area vis a' vis Nizam-e- Adl, its genesis as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban, its content and implications for women and the views and perceptions of a cross section of society throughout Pakistan (including the citizens of Swat and IDPs).

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Beijing +20 Pakistan Stakeholder Report 1995-2014.

The Pakistan Stakeholder Report spanning two decades since the Beijing Fourth World Conference for Women (1995) was compiled through a comprehensive consultative process with stakeholders within and outside government. The Report consolidates rich information on the range of initiatives taken for women in Pakistan over two decades and provides valuable benchmarks to track progress in different sectors.

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Institutional Strengthening of NCSW Support to Implementation of GRAPs.

This review was done with the purpose to assess the discourse on women’s political empowerment and their level of participation in mainstream politics by analyzing the gender gaps in the Election Laws-General Elections 2007-08 and projects for women political empowerment run by the Ministry of Women Development (MoWD) and Gender Reforms Action Program (GRAP).

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Women, Violence and Jirgas

This report is an outcome of the Project "Countering GBV through Research, Data Strengthening and Standardization" convened and implemented by the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and supported by the Gender Equity Programme of the USAID and the Aurat Foundation. The report is part of NCSW’s larger initiative for finding mechanisms to end violence against women and support their empowerment. 

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Women's Economic Participation and Empowerment in Pakistan

The 2016 Status Report, in collaboration with The Center of Gender and Policy Studies and UN Women Pakistan, emphasizes the complex and multifaceted concept of women’s economic empowerment and in using national survey data and qualitative studies documents the status of Pakistani women to different dimensions and determinants of economic participation such as human, financial and physical capital, employment statistics and vulnerability in employment, gender wage differentials and poverty.

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Women's Rights of Inheritance and its implementation

This study investigates the prevalent policy and legal framework, mechanism for the implementation of the law of inheritance in Pakistan, de facto and de jure lacunae therein, prevalent customary practices and their implications for the women of Pakistan. The outcome of this study is the proposed amendments in the existing policy and legal framework to ensure women’s right to inheritance in Pakistan.

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