The digital newsletter carrying details of initiatives, knowledge sharing, and activities performed by LCAs from Pakistan with the partnership of CLGF and support of the European Union under the project SALG.
Some words from LCAs
Greetings! to our avid readers.
The bleak landscape of local governments in Pakistan starting to seem fertile after the efforts of the respected Supreme Court of Pakistan. In a recent past, LCAs' members filed several petitions in the apex court to restore local bodies and finally in the last week of January SC summoned Election Commissioner of Pakistan with a straight face to seek justification of delay in local governments election.
"It Seems Democracy Is No Longer A Priority In Pakistan"
In a result, ECP called urgent meetings with provincial governments and after a long discussion sent a reply to SC in the form of LG election schedule. You can read the report here.
Our members are actively taking follow up on this matter and on all relevant aspects regarding LG elections.
Below are the activities LCAs have conducted in the month of January 2021, have a look and sent us your feedback.
PUNJAB & KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA
MINORITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SESSIONS
Pakistan is culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and religiously diverse. Most of the population in Pakistan is Muslim, whereas, Non-Muslim minorities are also present in Pakistan. Minorities face discrimination and violation of many of their rights. LCAs within their capacity ensure the protection of national minorities for stability, democratic security, and peace in society. In this context, LCAs has formed Minority Councillor Committees in all provinces and conducting several sessions and surveys to understand their challenges and, to develop a long-term strategic plan.
Women Wing of the LCAs initiated virtual sessions for women councillors regarding women-centric legislations. The focus is on increased awareness of such pro-women laws among women councillors, in a result, they can help their communities while shunning menaces such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, pay disparities and the list goes on.
These sessions are not only limited to women laws rather cover other human rights legislation for neglected factions of the society.
Last month, LCAs conducted the national level session on women-centric laws, now Women Development Coordinator, Ms Maham Ahmed is collaborating with competent moderators to conduct provincial level sessions on various important laws more holistically.
Training Session on Provincial Laws for Women’s Safety and Empowering Rights
Sensitizing Women about laws and methods regarding protection against Workplace Harassment
January 5, 2021
Virtual Training Workshop on Child Laws In Punjab
LCAP has organised a workshop regarding Child laws in Punjab. Child law expert Mr Iftikhar Mubarik facilitated us in this session. He highlighted major features of the following laws – Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act, 2015 – The Punjab restriction on employment of children Act, 2016 – The Punjab Destitute and Neglected Children (Amendment) Act, 2017.