February 6th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; On Friday, February 6, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) organized an event titled “Jirgas in Sindh and Judicial System,” to raise awareness about the pitfalls of the prevalent archaic practice in the province. The event was organized under the HRCP’s “Voice and Visibility” program through which HRCP has partnered with local stakeholders to raise public awareness about social evils that have had severe impacts on society’s marginalized communities.
President Dr Arif Alvi has urged women in the country to take advantage of various loan schemes initiated by the federal government for their economic empowerment, regretting that only five percent of the funds available to female entrepreneurs have been availed due to lack of awareness.
January 11th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; After a series of defeats Meesha’s legal team bags a win. The SC will now hear arguments about the ‘scope’ & ‘interpretation’ of the Protection against the harassment of women at the workplace act.
Afghan female activists have said women and girls holding protests in Afghanistan were demanding reopening of schools, refuting claims by the Taliban government’s permanent representative to the United Nations that such protests were linked in any way foreign funding.
February 6th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has noted that Lahore has become the epicenter of polio transmission in Punjab, casting doubt on the efficacy of the provincial government’s anti-polio eradication program. In its 19th monitoring report, the IMB noted that Punjab had remained free of sustained wild poliovirus transmission for more than two years, until mid-2018. “Lahore has become the epicenter of this transmission, with continuous detection of positive environmental samples and periodic incidence of polio cases,” the board said. According to the IMB assessment, the suboptimal quality of anti-polio eradication campaigns in parts of Lahore, many with migrant Pashtun communities, is largely responsible. The board warned that ‘it puts Lahore at risk of becoming an endemic reservoir like other provincial capitals that reinfect other parts of the country’.
Meesha Shafi and key witnesses, Leena Ghani and Farhan, have requested the Accountability Court to record their statements in the Ali Zafar defamation suit via video-link as they face threats.
The Punjab police in its report submitted to the LHC revealed that it could not implement anti rape ordinance due to lack of funds.
March 27th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A broad government-appointed panel has held its first meeting in Islamabad to discuss measures for effective implementation of anti-rape legislation to improve dismal conviction rates in cases of sexual offences in the country.
VoicePk.net reporters embedded themselves into congregations of lawyers gathered to vote in the District Bar Association elections to find out what side the ‘common’ lawyer takes in this clash between the bar and bench.
April 22nd, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Hailing the passage of Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2020 in National Assembly, activists say the law on domestic violence remains one of the least implemented laws across Pakistan.