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Local communities improve livelihoods by repairing water channels

The coastal area of district Badin in Sindh province was covered with mud during the floods in 2010. This affected land productivity as well as livelihoods of the surrounding communities whose main source of income was the production of agricultural crops. A large number of people rely on this water more

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Community based organizations boost economic growth

The people of Bahar Shah village in Punjab province, rely on the fertile land adjoining Indus River as their main source of sustenance. Villagers have been cultivating and selling sugarcane, wheat and cotton crops for generations. However, the floods of 2010 changed everything. The worst floods in P more

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Women's Organisation brings education to girls in Balochistan

“I want to become a teacher after completing my education,” says 9-year old Kulsoom, a student of fifth grade in the Government Girls Primary School, in Killi Sardar Nabi Bux, a village in Balochistan province. Her friend Nazima, 10, wants to become a doctor and serve her community. Only one year ag more

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Street Theatre Educates Voters and Creates Awareness

While voter turnout in the General Elections has increased from its historic low of 35% in 1997 to 44% in 2008, Pakistan still has the lowest voter turnout in South Asia. The lack of voter trust and education has been identified as one of the primary reasons behind this indifference and lack of part more

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Women Master Trainers Provide Training on the New Elections Results Management System

"Women always face barriers when working in a society which does not encourage them to accomplish or carry out their roles as equal citizens. To make a difference and make sure that the voices of females are heard, I decided to take an active part in the elections porcess," says Attia Bhut more

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Empowering Women through Skill Generation in the Garments Industry

After getting married and giving birth to five children, Jahan’s world was completely changed by the sudden and unexpected death of her husband. Her parents and siblings did pitch in financially but eventually, could not continue bearing the cost of her children. Jahan had no technical skills and ha more

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The first-ever woman candidate contesting in general elections from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

"I decided to serve the people of FATA to the best of my ability," said Badam Zari, National Assembly Candidate from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Badam Zari, 45, is the first-ever woman candidate contesting in the May 11 general elections from the Federally Administered Triba more

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Communities work together to reduce the risk of flash floods in Northern Pakistan

Bindo Gol is a remote valley located 65 kilometers northwest of Chitral town in Northern Pakistan. For the past ten years, climate change induced disasters have taken momentum in the valley, particularly the floods caused by glacial lakes.   These glacial lake outburst floods (GL more

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Women Police Officers Lead the Security Training for Mitigating Electoral Violence

"Women comprise almost 50 percent of Pakistan's population, now we need to be 50 percent of the police force as well. We must ensure gender justice," said Zahida Bukhari, Assistant Superintendent of Police. Examining crime scenes, dispersing mobs and patrolling the city at night, it's all more

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Paving the Way for Women Empowerment

For the first time in her 103 years, Muhammad Jaan feels productive and actively takes part in her village community meetings. She is one of the most elderly Women Community Organization members and lives in a small village Padhana, district Haripur. For her, this village is synonymous to her life. more