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Standing Up for Girls’ Right to Education in Pakistan

November 12, 2014                                                                                                                                                                   By Danny Kaufman and Dorianna Blitt

Despite the international attention and support that recent Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has brought to the issue of girls’ education in Pakistan, women and girls in rural areas of the country continue to face threats in attending school.

Following attacks and threats against female students and teachers in Pakistan’s Balochistan region

Casting her vote: Women increase participation in Pakistan’s elections

Pakistan’s national election on 11 May 2013 was a historic event. In addition to being the country’s first transfer of power from one civilian government to another, Pakistan’s election represented a milestone for Pakistani women. Figures released by the Election Commission show a 130% increase in the number of women contesting general seats since the country’s last national election in

14-year-old education activist Malala Yousufzai shot in Pakistan

Urgent Action Fund joins human rights advocates around the world in denouncing the shooting of a 14-year-old girl in Pakistan who is a vocal promoter of girls’ education in the country.

At only 11 years old, Malala Yousufzai began writing a blog about life under the Taliban, which was published by the BBC under a pen name. She bravely chronicled

The Power of Stories to Secure Rights for Refugee Women

July 24, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Danny Kaufman, Development & Communications Officer

Sana Saleem is a Pakistani journalist, blogger, and co-founder of Bolo Bhi, a NGO that supports freedom of expression through multimedia and advocacy campaigns.

Hong Kong relies on the UNHCR to process its refugee claims and has no domestic asylum process. As a result, asylum seekers and refugee women have

The Power of Stories to Secure Rights for Refugee Women

Sana Saleem is a Pakistani journalist, blogger, and co-founder of Bolo Bhi, a NGO that supports freedom of expression through multimedia and advocacy campaigns.

Hong Kong relies on the UNHCR to process its refugee claims and has no domestic asylum process. As a result, asylum seekers and refugee women have limited rights in Hong Kong, are unable to work, and

The Power of Stories to Secure Rights for Refugee Women

In March 2013, Hong Kong’s High Court made a landmark decision to overhaul the city-state’s refugee status determination process by the end of the year. This month, the government is holding legislative sessions to determine what this new structure will look like. In response to this opportunity, 25-year-old Pakistani journalist, blogger, and one of the founders of Karachi-based free expression

Women Helping Women (WHW)

Faisalabad Pakistan
December 2011
$4,772

In December 2011, UAF received a request from WHW regarding the increased violence committed against Hindu minority women and girls in the province of Sindh in Pakistan, including kidnapping, sexual violence, and religious discrimination. The situation has been compounded by recent flooding and heavy rains, which puts women more at risk to this violence as the government and police are

Dhartee Development Society – Women Empowerment Program (DDS) (WEP)

Pakistan
December 2011
$4,845

In December 2011, UAF received a request from DDS to organize a media and public awareness campaign around a recent case where two young minority women were raped and the perpetrators were not being brought to justice. Although this is unfortunately a common occurrence, the case is particularly symbolic and ironic given that on the very same day, Pakistan’s president

Iris Development Organization (IDO)

Abbotabad Pakistan
December 2011
$2,540

In Pakistan, domestic work is an unregulated, unorganized and undervalued form of employment. Because the current legislation excludes domestic workers from the legal definition of ‘worker’, they are without such basic benefits as vacation for public holidays, maternity leave or sick pay. In 2011, the cases of violence against women domestic workers (WDW) increased dramatically in the Khyber Pakhtunkwa, with

JAAGO Foundation (JAAGO)

Badin Pakistan
November 2011
$4,800

When the Sindh province of Pakistan flooded in late 2011, hundreds of thousands became displaced. Survivors could receive aid such as food and clothing only when they possessed a government-issued “Pakistan card,” available at government collection centers. Retrieving this card would normally only be socially appropriate for the male head of household. If a woman’s husband didn’t survive the flood,