April 22, 2017

Chairperson Fauzia Viqar to Serve on Practitioner's Panel of the 
2017 International Conference on Gender Work and Society
(organized by Social Enteprise Development Centre, SDSB, LUMS)
Read the full conference schedule here.

February 6, 2017

Punjab Commission on the Status of Woman conducted a training session with woman MPAs of Punjab Assembly (CAUCUS). The session was inaugurated by Chairperson PCSW Fauzia Viqar with the assistance of MPA Kanwal Nauman and Shameela Aslam. The topic of session was inheritance laws e.g. MUHAMMADAN LAWS, TRANSFER OF PROPERTY ACT, and their penalties in PAKISTAN PENEL CODE. Relative amendments made by government for the speedy process of transfer of property to woman and Punjab Government initiatives for the development of women were also appreciated. The ending note of the session was to enable common and uninformed woman to stand for their legal rights. PCSW committed, along with woman MPAs, to strengthen this process of enlightenment and progress.

January 4, 2017

Women Safety App Launched Today
January 3, 2017

Women Safety App to be Launched Tomorrow

December 24, 2016
PRESS RELEASE: PCSW urges Police and Prosecution to Increase Convictions for honour crimes through new Criminal Law (Amendment) (Offences in the name or pretext of Honour) Act, 2016
Friday, December 23rd – Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan conducted a consultation with legal experts, lawyers, civil society, Prosecutors and Senior officials of Punjab Police, on the Criminal Law (Amendment) (offences in the name or pretext of honor) Act, 2016. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the implication of Criminal Law Amendment Act 2016 on the prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of ‘honour’ crimes. Ms. Fauzia Viqar (Chairperson, PCSW) chaired the meeting and notable guests included Mr. I.A. Rehman (Secretary General, HRCP), Ms. Khawar Mumtaz (Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women), Ms. Uzma Chughtai (Director General, Punjab Judicial Academy), Mr. Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir (DIG, Research and Development, Punjab Police), Mr. Rana Muhammad Anwar (AIG Legal), Ms. Shaheen Khalid (Additional Director, CPO), Mr. Asad Jamal (human rights activist and lawyer), Mr. Imran Qureshi (Senior Legal Executive, PCSW Women’s Helpline), Ms. Rabbiya Bajwa (Advocate Supreme Court), Mr. Khurrum Khan, Mr. Qadir Bari (Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service), and Ms. Reema Omer (International Commission of Jurists). Senior Surgeon Medico-Legal, Dr. Waseem Haider from Punjab Forensic Science Agency also attended the Consultation and gave forth his valuable views.

Chairperson PCSW shared figures on honour crimes from Punjab, which consistently show an increase in the number of honour killings each year. Notably, the Joint Session of Parliament attempted to remove lacunae in the existing provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, by enacting some new provisions, and amending others, to ensure that ‘compromise’ cannot be reached between the parties and perpetrators are punished as per law. However, Mr. Asad Jamal shared that a significant number of cases of ‘honour’ crimes continue to be ‘compromised’ since perpetrators are members of the victim’s own family. This makes criminal prosecution impossible. Mr. Khurrum Khan furthered this argument and stated that the main reason for non-prosecution is lack of evidence and insufficient investigation by Investigation Officers. Participants agreed that there is a need to emphasize and spread awareness regarding sentencing in ‘honour’ crimes as that would help us deter the occurrence of offences committed in the name of ‘honour’ and will further send a signal to the public at large about the state’s zero tolerance policy in such matters.

Participants agreed that effective measures need to be taken to ensure elimination of physical violence committed in the name of ‘honour’ and the performance of police and other law enforcement departments needs to be improved in this regard. Furthermore, Ms. Uzma Chugtai informed Attendees that Punjab Judicial Academy is conducting trainings for sensitization of lower and superior Judiciary, while Ms. Shaheen Khalid also stated that police officials are regularly being trained on criminal laws for women protection.

All participants reinforced the need for reliable data on all kinds of violence against women, specifically for crimes committed in the name of honor. Coordination and multi-sectoral measures for monitoring of individual cases were discussed at length. Furthermore, participants agreed that in order to improve prosecution and conviction rates for perpetrators of honour crimes, all stakeholders must cooperate with each other. Police officials also informed Attendees that SOPs for treatment and trial of female victims of violence were being implemented widely across Punjab. They stressed on the presence of female police officers at help desks in police stations across Punjab, and advised all Participants to widely publicize this mechanism for women’s safety. DIG Legal informed Attendees that a comprehensive law on Witness Protection Mechanisms is currently being drafted, specifically to cater to honour crimes, since a major problem encountered in prosecution relates to incredible witnesses, who are sometimes the only evidence available. 

May 09, 2016
The Punjab Commission on the Status of Women’s 6th Members’ Meeting, took place on 9th May 2016, and was attended by 16 members, who discussed various important components of the Commission’s work progress. The Annual Development Programme (ADP) Schemes, planned with the Planning and Development Department, were finalized, appreciated and supported, and a thorough discussion took place regarding the Commission’s collaborations with other entities for the execution of new projects. All members who were present contributed their input concerning budgets and other issues related to making legal decisions for the Commission. All in all, the meeting was successful as key decisions about the future of the Commission were made and everyone felt satisfied with the progress of the Commission’s work so far, expressed full interest in being involved and praised all the discussed future plans. 
April 13, 2016
Seminar in Support of Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act, 2016
A Seminar was held on 13-04-2016 in Alhamra Hall No. 3 Lahore in support of Punjab Protection of Women against Violence by Punjab Commission on the Status of Women and Home Net Pakistan under the Chairpersonship of Minister Incharge Women Development Department Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din. 
March 18, 2016
Discussion on Data Sharing Protocols
A meeting of Data Sharing Protocols was held on 18-03-2016 under the Chiarpersonship of Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of  Women in the committee room of PCSW In order to discuss the strategy for data sharing and increased collaboration between the electronic Information Management System of the government  institutions namely PCSW, Punjab Police, Public Prosecution Department, Lahore High Court Lahore, and the Punjab Prisons. It was attended by the representatives of the said departments as well as PITB, which is responsible for developing the online data systems of various departments. The participants shared the progress pm their respective information management systems, and exchanged ideas to improve collaboration, so as to streamline the data collection in the criminal justice system of Punjab.    
Februry 16, 2016
Conference on the Elimination of all forms of Discriminantion against Women
A meeting of the Provincial CEDAW Impletation Committee was held on 16-02-2016 under the Chiarpersonship of Hon'ble Minister for Women Development Department.     
Februry 10, 2016
Discussion on Data Sharing Protocol
A meeting  held on 10-02-2016 at 11:AM in the Committee room of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women 88-Shadman-II lahore in order to discuss data sharing protocols and establishing a central repository of data related especilly to women. Following authorities are invited to make this meeting convenient, Inspector General of Police Punjab, Inspector General of Prisions Punjab, Secretary Home Department, Mr. Abdul Nasir Additional Registrar Lahore High Court Lahore.
January 13, 2016
Benazir Income Support Programme- Conference on Violence against Women               

A conference was held on 13 January 2016 in F Block Pak Secteriat Islamabad regarding Ending Violence agaisnt Women, Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Fauzia Viqar participated as a guest speaker.

January 12, 2016
Opportunities & Challenges for Pakistani Women in IT Sector                

Sanjh Preet Organization has implemented a woman empowerment project titled “Enhancing Employ-ability of Women Graduates in Information Technology (IT) Sector” in district Lahore (May 01 to December 31,2015) with the technical and financial assistance of USAID-SGAFP. The main objective of the project was to enhance the employ ability of women IT Graduates in IT sector that is currently only 14% in Pakistan. The project brief is attached.

The organization had successfully completed the project and planned a project closing ceremony on January 12, 2016 (Tuesday) at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Hotel, 52 Canal Bank Road Lahore at 11:00 am to 14:00 pm to showcase the project results.Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Fauzia Viqar talked about:  Role of work place environment to promote women employability, work place harassment and related legislation by the Government.

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December 28, 2015
Senstization Fourm on the Initiatives of Government of the Punjab for Women Empowerment and Ending Violence against Women
December 10, 2015
16 Days of Activism Campaign of Violence against Women by Punjab Commission on the Status of Women and  White Ribbon Organization in Lahore College of Women University                    From 25-11-2015, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women (VAW), to 10-12-2015, the International Human Rights Day, 16-day campaign of Activism against Gender-based-Violence will be carried out globally. Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), which is mandated to monitor Violence Against Women and to create awareness regarding women’s rights will also observe 16-days campaign to exhibit solidarity with victims of such violence.

PCSW has planned to carry out various activities for raising awareness on the issue among the masses. In this regard a Press Conference was held in Press Club Lahore on 23rd November 2015 in joint collaboration with White Ribbon Campaign and PCSW. The Press Conference was chaired by Minister Women Development Department, Ms. Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din who was accompanied by Mrs. Fauzia Viqar, Chairperson PCSW and Mr. Omer Aftab CEO, White Ribbon Campaign. The press conference was attended by representatives of different newspapers and TV Channels. Read More

December 02, 2015
Ending Violence Against Women: Promoting Sustainable Development Goals in Punjab                              From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, is  a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world undr 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaing. The year 2015 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive road map to gender equality. This year, a new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which for the first time includes specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women, also replaced the Millennium Development Goals. Adoption of this agenda at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September 2015, by all UN member countries including Pakistan demonstarted their resolve and commitmennt to gender equality and prioritizing women's empowerment. Goal 5 of the SDG framwork focuses specifically on achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and sets and underlying tone for achieving these targets through other goals mentioned in the framework as well.Since Pakistan is a signatory to the Agenda, it (like all other member states) is expected to steps to prioritize and localizee the SDGs for implementation at all level of government. It is, therefore, extremly important to not only familiarize ourselves with the framework but also to adopt measures that will help us achieve these goals and monitor their implementation. UN Women has arranged a consultation focused on understanding the SDG framework from a gender perspective in Punjab. Discussion will focus on key targets mentioned in the framework, the current status of the Millennium Development Goals and the establishment of a monitoring system for implementation of the SDGs.The Meeting was held on: Wensday, December 2nd, 2015at 9:30 AM to 02:00
November 17, 2015
Orientation and Monitoring Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women- District  Khanewal
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October 26, 2015
Orientation and Monitoring Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women- District  Chakwal
October 19, 2015
Fourth Members Meeting of PCSW.
October 07, 2015
Orientation and Monitoring Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women- District  Nankana Sab.
October 06, 2015
Introductory Meeting Of PCSW With Editors.
September 02, 2015
Meeting of the Provincial CEDAW Implementation Committee
Meeting was held in the office of Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of Women to apprise the Committee members about requirements for Punjab CEDAW Report to be submitted by end 2016. Participants included representatives of all key departments of the Punjab Government, FIA, NADRA, civil society representatives and others. Members will submit relevant information periodically for complition of the Punjab CEDAW report to be submitted to the Government of Pakistan by December 2016. 
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August, 31 2015
Meeting for Constitution of Punjab Women's Parliamentary Caucus
Meeting was convened by the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women under the Chairpersonship of Minister for Women Development Department for discussion on the structure, method of selection and term of the office for the Punjab Women's Caucus.29 Members of the Punjab Assembly participated and agreed on election for the Caucus office bearers on 4th September, 2015. 

August 26, 2015
Orientation and Monitoring Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women- District  Sahiwal.

Focus of the meetings with key government and civil society stakeholders, organized by the DCO Sahiwal was discussion on key women’s issues in Sahiwal, progress on indicators critical to women’s empowerment and steps taken by the Government of the Punjab for women’s empowerment.

In the Monitoring visit to the Sahiwal Central Jail facilities and services for women prisoners were reviewed and, requirements and challenges for staff were discussed. The Jail housed 62 women prisoners on August 26th, 2015.

Review of facilities and services to the Darul Aman, Sahiwal showed that staff was dedicated and most needs of residents were provided for. However, the darulaman had positions of vocational teacher, computer operator and assistant vacant  for many months.


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August 24, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Sargodha.

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August 19, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Toba Tek Singh.

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August, 13 2015
3rd Members Meeting of the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women
The third meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women was held on 13th of August 2015. Members discussed monitoring visits to districts Multan, Vehari, Lodhran, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala and Faisalabad and status of women jails and Darulamans there; progress and plans for the Punjab Women's Helpline; future direction of PCSW and specific challenges for women in Punjab. 
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August 12, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Faisalabad.

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August 6, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Gujranwala.

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August 5, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Shiekhupura.

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August 4 , 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Kasur.

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July, 27 2015
Meeting of Committee Members for Development of By-Laws in Punjab Women's Caucus
 A meeting of committee members for development of by-laws for Punjab Women's Caucus was organized by the PCSW on 27th July 2015. Members discussed by-laws of the National Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and draft by-laws prepared by women MPAs from all four provinces specially convened by UNDP in Bhurban, 2014.  Major aspects covered in this meeting were number of members, Patron appointment, selection of Secretary, free or Fee, report of Sub-committee, service tenure. Chairperson PCSW Fauzia Viqar ensured full support by the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) towards constituting the Caucus in Punjab.


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June, 10 2015
1st Meeting of PCSW Legal Committee

The meeting was convened for discussion of a single point agenda of framing Recruitment Rules for PCSW. Members discussed the status of existing Rules of Business submitted by the Commission for approval; the status of PCSW as a Special Institution and; the Recruitment Rules of NCSW for guidance, owing to similarity of structure and functions. Work was begun to develop rules accordingly.                                                     

May 29, 2015
Provincial Meeting with Stakeholders on Standarized list of indicators on Voilance against Women in Pakistan
A plenary session on developing standardised Indicators on violence against women in Pakistan was organized by NCSW in collaboration with PCSW with NGOs and government officials. Indicators for a national VAW baseline survey, a tentative timeline and strategy of proposed survey were shared with the participants. This data collection will be first of its kind at national level and can be the basis for provincial efforts to track violence against women regularly.

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May 28, 2015
Civil Society Consultation on Planning for Women's Employment in Punjab

Planning Meeting for women’s empowerment in Punjab was conducted for orientation of leading women’s rights organizations to PCSW mandate and function; to provide an update on the work of the Commission; discussion on key challenges to women’s empowerment in Punjab and; to determine PCSW priorities and strategies for the future.

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May 18, 2015
1st Meeting of PCSW Executive Committee

First meeting of the Executive Committee was held to determine a terms & condition Schedule for members of PCSW and members of the PCSW committees. Members recommended that terms applicable as per Punjab Travelling Allowance Rules may be adopted by the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women.

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May 14, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Multan.

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May 12, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Bakhar.

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May 09 2015
2nd Meeting of the Commission

Members were briefed about monitoring visit of the Chairperson to South Punjab and review of conditions/services of Darul Aman, jails, crises centres and working women’s hostels in these districts. Districts visited included Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffar Garh, Multan, Lodhran and Vehari. PCSW members were included in these monitoring visits to introduce them in their respective divisions. A monitoring report for Darul Amans and Women’s Centers was sent to the Social Welfare Department outlining challenges for residents and staff.

Key decisions taken were:

  1.     To identify gaps and missing facilities in jails, Darul Amans and crisis centres as part of the PCSW mandate to monitor these institutions
  2.     Prompt development of Recruitment Rules of the PCSW by the Legal/Policy Committee.
  3.     Members granted approval to PCSW plans for development of a Gender Management Information     System and Research on women’s employment in the formal private sector

April 18, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Muzaffargarh.

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April 17, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Rajanpur.

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April 16, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Dera Ghazi Khan.

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April 15, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Bahwalpur.

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April 15, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Rahim Yar Khan.

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April 14, 2015
Orientation Meeting of Punjab Commission on the Status of Women With District Coordination Officer Bahawalnagar.

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April, 06 2015 & May, 08 2015
1st & 2nd Monitoring and Evaluation Committee Meetings

The Committee discussed the Punjab report on indicators for UN CEDAW Committee Concluding Observations 22 & 28 submitted by PCSW. M&E Committee developed196 indicators for the final CEDAW report and aligned them with the Sustainable Development Goals /indicators. Concerned departments were identified for reporting on indicators and input from genera PCSW members was included in the draft to correlate these indicators with those of the SDGs.

March 3, 2015
Punjab Consultation for Preparation of Pakistan Human Rights Action Plan
Punjab Commission on the Status of Women organized a provincial consultation to ensure stakeholder input from the civil society organizations, media, lawyers and relevant government departments in Punjab

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