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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 hamore

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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 Tribamore

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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 (GLmore

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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 allmore

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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

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Livestock and vocational tools boost livelihoods post floods

District Badin in Sindh province was severely affected by the floods in 2011 and around 1.52 million houses were damaged. The devastation caused by the floods worsened the living conditions of people residing in the villages. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facilitmore

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Women Presiding Officers Prepare for the General Elections

"These elections are crucial for Pakistan's democracy. We will perform our duties honestly and with utmost determination. I hope the caretaker government supports us on 11 May and ensures the security of the polling staff," said Riffat Rehmani. Riffat Rehmani, 40, will be taking part more

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Rehabilitation of a Link Road Makes Life Easier for Villagers

“I had to carry fire word and dry straw on my shoulders that was extremely difficult to manage. I use my wheel barrow now. Rebuilding of this road has not only provided me relief but also saved my time. Now I give more time to my studies,” said Rahmat Ali, a student of grade five. Damghar link roadmore

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Return of Peace and Hope in Swat

Once popularly known for its breath-taking beauty, the valley of Swat has suffered from some complex crisis situations over the last couple of years at the hands of the militants. The rise and reign of militancy in Swat had several adverse ramifications. It took a heavy toll on the people and area. more

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Electoral Security Trainings help Mitigate Violence on Election Day

"Pakistan’s fragile democracy cannot afford for the General Elections to suffer from violence as it only leads to disputes, disenfranchisement, and further disillusionment with the democratic setup", said Abdul Waheed, Commandant Police Training College Hangu. Following international expermore