Our Stories of Change

  • App brings election information at the swipe of a finger
    Dec 8, 2017

    On National Voter’s Day, 7 December 2017, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, the President of Pakistan and Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched a new tool bringing voters the information they need, when they need, at their fingertips.

  • Legal aid desks provide pro bono advice in conflict-affected Swat
    Oct 12, 2017

    Zakirullah, 15, will never forget the day that a verbal exchange with a neighbour turned physical and he was stabbed between the ribs. “I was asking him about the keys to my workplace. He began poking fun at my stutter. When I would not stop asking about the keys, he stabbed me,” Zakir remembers.

  • Creating access to justice in Swat

    Accessing justice can often be a slow and expensive process in Pakistan, with cases often tied up in courts for years. Many people are unaware of their legal rights. In areas of the country where women traditionally do not participate in public life, they face additional difficulties in exercising their legal rights. Such challenges not only make it difficult for many in Pakistan to resolve disputes fairly, they reduce trust between communities and the government.

  • Rising through the ranks

    Constable Khan comes from Swabi, a district in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province where strong cultural mores prevent women from working outside the home. Khan broke from this longstanding tradition and joined the KP police force in 2008. It took many hours of argument to persuade her father. However Khan was supported by her eldest uncle who recognized that times were changing, and convinced her father to change his mind. Khan’s father eventually became her strongest supporter.

  • Police Constable Kausar charts a new career path for women

    Kausar is the elder of two daughters born in the small village of Hasomat Serian in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, Pakistan. In this highly conservative region, many girls are denied the opportunity to receive an education, let alone to embark upon a career. Kausar did both. Today, she is the only woman from her village with an education, and is now working as its first police officer, a constable.

  • In DI Khan, policing enters the 21st century

    “It’s the first time in my life I have switched on a computer,” says Inspector Saif-ur-Rahman. A officer in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police, he has quickly come to see how essential information technology is to modern policing. “This is no longer the era of dusty files, where finding a case record is difficult, now all the data is a click away,” he says. “We were in the dark so long, We should have such trainings ten years ago, it should be included in the basic recruitment courses as well.”

  • A boxer turned fashion designer inspires others to escape violence

    As a child Wasim Soomro watched as famous fashion designers showed their creations on television. He enjoyed seeing their creative designs and envied their rise to fame and fortune doing what they loved. “I used to watch famous celebrities become designers, flaunting their kurtas on TV. I told myself if they can do it, why can’t I? Lyari is famous for gang violence, but we don’t have any famous designers. I thought I should be the first one,” he saysd, clad in a blue kurta that he designed himself.

  • The Government of Punjab acknowledges SDGs in its 2017-2018 Budget in collaboration with UNDP

    Pakistan was among early nations who committed to declare the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a national agenda by adopting a resolution at the National Assembly in February 2016. The main challenge in Pakistan is to transform the ambitious 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into provincial strategies, policies, plans and budgets. The Planning and Development Department of Punjab and UNDP have collaborated to support the Government of Punjab efforts for mainstream and accelerate SDGs.

  • Building civic engagement in marginalized communities

    Uzaira Tasneem is completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Education, Lahore. True to her name, when she heard about the UN Volunteers programme, she decided to apply. “I always aspired to become a volunteer because it would get me closer to the community and the people,” she says.

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