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Women Entrepreneurs Information Network :-

Women Entrepreneurs Information Network (WIN) is the first women based portal of its kind in Pakistan. WIN was established with the aim to bridge the information gap and serve as an information repository for women entrepreneurship development and to create opportunities for entrepreneurs generally and women particularly through information on business development services.

The WIN website provides consolidated information on all government and non-governmental agencies; it also offers information on export opportunities in the international market by providing access to networks of international organizations that work for the promotion of women business. The WIN portal provides on line information on policy, regulatory and legal environment for business it also offers training and development opportunities for women.

Pakistan Reproductive Health Network (PRHN) :-
The Pakistan Reproductive Health Network (PRHN) was initiated in1995 by Community Health Sciences Department of Agha Khan University, Karachi. The purpose was to provide a platform to discuss issues related to gender, sexuality and reproductive health that could contribute towards a more integrated approach towards women’s health. PRHN arranges regular meetings, workshops and conferences to highlight these issues and educate people. The PRHN website contains information on these issues. It also gives details of all the events being organized by PRHN. :- is an Internet publication intended to promote the achievements of Pakistani women. They are based in the United States and comprise of a small group of individuals With the Jazbah Web site they are introducing the world to dynamic Pakistani women who are a source of inspiration and are striving to make a difference.

Every month Jazbah publishes profiles or interviews of women of Pakistani origin living across the globe. The women selected are those whose work serves as a source of inspiration to others. They also publish books and reviews about Pakistani women offering an insight into their lives. also arranges different events for women welfare.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2003: Pakistan :-
Human Rights Watch is an international monitoring group based in New York, USA. Its 558-page Human Rights Watch World Report 2003 is its 13th annual review of human rights practices worldwide, covering 58 countries, including Pakistan, in 2002. Chapters examine the significant human rights developments in Pakistan; the response of global actors, such as the European Union, Japan, the United States, the United Nations, and various regional and international organisations and institutions; and the freedom of local human rights defenders to conduct their work. The report is also available in downloadable format in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages.

Society for the Advancement of Community, Health, Education and Training (SACHET) :-
Based in Established in 1999, the Society for the Advancement of Community, Health, Education and Training (SACHET) is a registered, non-profit, non-governmental welfare and development organization. News updates about its activities; Urdu and English articles related to health, education, gender, human resource development and population are available on this site. Details about SACHET's organisational setup, its newsletter "Agehi" and contact information are accessible online.

Women in Urban Credit (WUC):-
This is the website of Women in Urban Credit (WUC), a project of the UNDP and the First Women's Bank Ltd. Pakistan. Through five modules, it explains the concept and the steps taken to develop and replicate the model throughout Pakistan.

Women in Technology (WIT):-
Women in Technology (WIT) promotes the use of technology as a means for uplifting Pakistani women's social and financial status by facilitating women's growth as a skilled workforce and mobilise them as a resource in Pakistan's development. Information about its aims and objectives; ongoing and future projects; career opportunities; education and training programs are available online. News updates about WIT's activities, discussion forums, opinion polls, and a members' area some of the features of this site.

Pakistan Women Lawyers' Association (PAWLA):-
The Pakistan Women Lawyers' Association (PAWLA) is an NGO delivering professional legal services and economic counselling to Pakistani women by networking with legal bodies, the government, donors and other NGOs. Striving for women's rights, equality, equity and empowerment, PAWLA's various projects, publications, case studies, and upcoming activities are showcased on this website.

Support Institutions Development Network for Sindh (SINDNET):-
Established in 1994, the Support Institutions Development Network for Sindh (SINDNET) aims to strengthen the NGO sector in Pakistan in general and Sindh in particular through information sharing, advocacy and promotion of coordination between support institutions for equitable and sustainable development. Details about its objectives, thematic scope of activities, member organizations, membership information, seminars and papers are available online.

Saving Women's Lives:-
The Saving Women's Lives initiative is an international collaboration of organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of the world's women. Led by Family Care International, this website aims to educate and raise awareness of the broad range of women's global health and rights issues, including reproductive health, safe motherhood, poverty and economic development, violence against women, women's social status and education.

Directory of Gender-Related projects conducted by the UN in Pakistan:-
The United Nations System in Pakistan has issued a directory of gender-related UN projects in the country. It is a compendium of constantly updated projects; a reference guide for development professionals at the national level, and those who study or research gender issues, for academic or practical purposes. The directory includes write-ups of UN agency projects which are either women-focused, or have major components addressing women. These includes the ILO; UNICEF; UNDP; UNDCP; UNESCO; UNFPA and the WFP.

Welfare Organization of Women (WOW):-
The Welfare Organization of Women (WOW) has been set up as a non-political welfare organization to combat the dominance of men in social and economic spheres of life, based on gender, class, religion, race and nationality.This website introduces the organization's work on advocacy, human rights, information dissemination, poverty alleviation, education and law. They provide legal aid in cases of sexual and psychological violence, and improving the living conditions and health status of women and children in prisons through training. This site outlines its research work, project details and objectives.

Center for Sustainable Development Actions (CSDA):- The Center for Sustainable Development Actions (CSDA) is an independent, non-political, non-profit NGO committed towards positive social and economic change in Pakistan. It was established to address the problems related to gender, environment and poverty in the most underdeveloped and impoverished areas of Pakistan, especially those areas which are being bypassed by the government agencies, NGOs and CBOs in addressing these issues. Emphasis is laid on empowering women, girls and children in general; poor people especially socially and economically disadvantaged women and girls; rural, impoverished and underdeveloped communities.

National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Government of Pakistan:-
The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) was set up in September 2000 to examine and review policy, laws and programmes of the Government of Pakistan for women development and gender equality. This information rich website provides details about the vision statement, background and history, functions; the full text of the NCSW ordinance and individual member information. Interesting features include the recommendations made for women's rights in the light of the Constitution. This includes political participation; citizenship; family laws; labour and service laws; criminal laws; Qanun-e-Shahadat, 1984; violence against women; developmental rights and institutionalization. Links to women-related issues, and relevant contact information are also available online.

Accessible Information on Development Activities (AIDA):-
Accessible Information on Development Activities (AIDA) is a project database, an annotated directory that contains descriptive information on over 300,000 planned, current and completed projects and programs of over 200 development agencies. It links users to detailed information on results, lessons learned and evaluations when this information is available on other sites. Categories include agriculture; AIDS/HIV; culture and development; e-government; e-learning; education; energy; environment; environmental law; finance; food security; foreign direct investment; gender; health; heritage preservation; indigenous knowledge; indigenous peoples; industry; information and communication technologies; judicial and legal reform; law; microfinance; mining; NGOs; private sector; public sector; social protection; tourism; trade; transport; urban development and water. The database is searchable by country, topic, source and project status.

The Asia Foundation in Pakistan:-
The Asia Foundation is a private, non-profit NGO based in the United States, collaborating with partners from the public and private sectors to help foster greater openness and shared prosperity in the Asia Pacific region. It has been operating in Pakistan since 1954. Working in close partnership with Pakistani NGOs and individuals, the Foundation seeks to contribute to an agenda and action for institutional reform and long-term good governance. As part of the Pakistan NGO Initiative (PNI), more than 3,000 nongovernmental practitioners have participated in the Foundation's training programmes. They include the NGO Development programme to provide social services to women and girls in Pakistan; and providing microfinance services to more than 2,000 disadvantaged women. The Foundation supports more than 1,000 community-based schools, and health programs with a prime focus on women's empowerment. It is directly implementing a research project in women's health in Balochistan, the least-developed province, with the highest maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan. This website provides detailed contact information and a list of Pakistani NGOs working with the Foundation in the fields of economic reform and development; governance and law; and women's political participation.

Greater investments in children through women's empowerment:
A key to demographic change in Pakistan? :- According to this downloadable paper by Valerie L. Durrant and Zeba A. Sathar, women's status has received considerable attention as a significant factor in demographic behavior and outcomes in South Asia; however, little research has addressed the links between women's status and their investments in children. Using data from the Pakistan Status of Women and Fertility Survey in rural Punjab, the authors empirically investigate how women's status on multiple levels is associated with demographic outcomes.

Women's Autonomy and Employment: Individual and Community Level Evidence from India and Pakistan:-
This is a paper by Sharon J. Ghuman of the University of Pennsylvania. Using survey data collected from married women aged 15-39 from 19 communities in India and Pakistan, she examines the association between employment and at the individual level, and whether this relation varies by community context across 19 areas in India and Pakistan.

Social Roles, Human Capital, and the Intra-household Division of Labor:Evidence from Pakistan:-
Using detailed data from rural Pakistan, this downloadable paper by Marcel Fafchamps and Agnes R. Quisumbing investigates whether human capital, learning by doing, gender, and ones status within the family affect the division of labour within households. Results suggest the presence of returns to individual specialization in all farm, non-farm, and home-based activities. The intra-household division of labor is influenced by comparative advantage based on human capital and by long-lasting returns to learning by doing, but the authors have also found evidence of a separate effect of gender and family status.

Sindh Education Foundation (SEF):-
The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), established in 1992, works to empower disadvantaged communities towards social change by creating and facilitating new approaches to learning and education. Their site includesdetails of SEF's aims and objectives, project undertakings, research activities, latest organization updates, discussion areas and search facilities. Articles of relevance to the Foundation's objectives can also be submitted online. Details of its community-based schools, programmes for women's empowerment and working children; its data processing and research cell and opinion polls are additional informative and entertaining features of this information rich and elegantly designed website built with "Flash" elements.

The Economics of Dowry Payments in Pakistan:- This is a downloadable PDF file by Siwan Anderson of the Centre and Department of Economics Tilburg University, Netherlands, which contains rich empirical analysis regarding this issue within the Pakistani context. It discusses the motivation for, and roles of, dowry. The household level statistical data used in this study are from the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) of Pakistan collected in 1991 under the direction of the World Bank and the Government of Pakistan.

PANAH, the women's shelter is envisaged as a first step towards providing them justice through the courts. This entails helping them get out of the existing environment of oppression and review their options and think about how they can obtain justice. The website provides an introduction to PANAH, details of participating organizations, objectives and the support being given by this human rights organization. Further sections pertain to condition of women in Pakistan, violence they face and shelters available for them. For these sections there are related articles presented on the website.

Convention on the Political Rights of Women:-
This website contains the text of the UN Convention on the political rights of women (31st March 1953).

PAF Finishing School for Women:-
This is the website of Asia's first Finishing School for Women, based on a healthy blend of our Islamic values and traditional Eastern culture. It offers an online prospectus for young ladies who wish to avail of its unique Scheme of Studies. The eligibility criteria, mission statement, aims and objectives, and contact information are also given on this website.

Pakistan Crescent Youth Organization:-
Pakistan Crescent Youth Organization (PCYO) was established in 1971,with its branches all over the country. It works in the field of environment, human rights, health, sports and other social sector. The website not only provides details on the Organization's setup, its aims and objectives, current and future activities, but also links to Pakistani news channels and other environmental news resources.

The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) was founded in 1982 as a non-official and non-profit making body by a number of concerned individuals belonging to the trade union movement, academia and professionals from all walks of life. The site presents not only information related to the organization and its various functional units but also gives details about the present legal environment and labor in Pakistan etc. The Urdu portal of the website is presently under construction.

LHRLA:- LHRLA is a strong issue-oriented organization with a motto for action, not mere rhetoric. The organization welcomes all cases where there has been an infringement of human rights; it focuses primarily on cases of woman and child abuse, trafficking, illegal detention, rape, torture, dissolution of marriage, child custody, the juvenile justice system, jail reforms and public interest litigation. The site provides complete enlightenment on the organization's areas of work, current projects, publications, internship programs as well as information about other associations, both at home and abroad, with which LHRLA has been able to fruitfully co-ordinate its efforts.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan:-
UNDP is part of the United Nations and upholds the vision of the United Nations Charter. It is committed to the principle that development is inseparable from the quest for peace and human security and that the United Nations must be a strong force for development as well as peace. UNDP's mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out develop women and the protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication. UNDP Pakistan addresses the issue of poverty eradication and SHD through three programme areas: (a) governance; (b) gender; and (c) sustainable livelihoods. This site is rich in its content. UNDP Pakistan Overview gives a quick overview of the Programme. The interested user can check out each Thematic Programme Area. For the ease of the netter a Consolidated Project Listing is also available. The site has links to the Sub Regional Resource Facility, Regional Governance Programme, Country Cooperation Framework 1998-2003, and Human Development Center. Moreover, a Media and Advocacy Page is also maintained on this site. Besides these, Performance Indicators have been identified. The UNDP main site can also be accessed.

Lending Operations Incorporating Gender: Health:- Single page document with necessary details about the concept and further implementation of the project. This project aims to support the government's programs in Northern Areas (NA) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to improve health status of the population, with the specific objective of reducing infant and maternal mortality, and an associated reduction in fertility.

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific:- In ESCAP the definition of science and technology includes local knowledge systems. Science and technology is one of the priority area at ESCAP. Women's involvement in industry and technology through skill development is a major focus of interest. In the Division of Industry and Technology emphasis is given mainly to the promotion of appropriate technology, integration and enhancement in the context of female intervention in terms of scientific and technical activities.

Lessons from Pakistan:- This case study focuses on the achievements and lessons learned from women's participation in the Pakistan component of the Inter-regional Project for Participatory Upland Conservation and Development, and especially in how to integrate a gender perspective into natural resource conservation when resource conservation is not a normal priority in the lives of rural people.

Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development:- This site contains the text of the Address by Maxine Olson, Deputy Director of "UNIFEM" dated 23 June 1997, New York in which she stresses the need of womens' active participation and involvement in different dimensions of development processes both at the local and international levels.

Women in Urban Credit:- Women comprise almost half the population of Pakistan and are an integral part of its economy, both in the formal and informal sectors. Nevertheless, their efforts remain largely "invisible," and are not represented in economic decision-making. In order to meet their subsistence needs, women in urban areas are being forced to seek economic employment, but due to the lack of their mobility, education, skills, and access to credit facilities, they have limited options. The site gives information about the project whose executing agencies are the Government of Pakistan Ministry of Finance and the First Women Bank. The implementing agencies are the First Women Bank Limited with partnership of the Ministry of Women Development, national and international NGOs.

Facilitating Women’s Mobility:-
This website carries the information about the Facilitating Women's Mobility. The executing agency is United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS and being implemented by the Transport Department, Planning & Development (P&D) Government of Punjab, Pakistan. Amongst partners of the project important are the Government of Punjab Transport Department, private transport operators. The project beneficiaries include The Government of Punjab Transport Department, private transport operators, the community, NGOs and UNDP. The site offers overview, strategy, activities of the project etc.

Articles By and About South Asian Women:-
This site carries articles by and about South Asian women. Articles about a wide range of topics and subjects related to women and their status, position and required changes in society are included. The site offers a mailing list for the women of South Asia.

Gender Participation in Agricultural Development Planning:-
The site contains a case study written by Marilee Kane, Women in Development Adviser to the Inter-Regional Project For Participatory Upland Conservation And Development in Pakistan. This case study focuses on the achievements and lessons learned from women's participation in the Pakistan component of the Inter-regional Project for Participatory Upland Conservation and Development, and especially in how to integrate a gender perspective into natural resource conservation when resource conservation is not a normal priority in the lives of rural people.

Gender Integration:-
More than half the globe and half the world's population are in Asia and the Near East. Despite economic growth in the region, more than 800 million people live in poverty, accounting for two-thirds of the poor in the entire developing world. The site carries the above mentioned development challenge, an overview of the problem, key results, key approaches and partnerships undertaken to address the issue.




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