Our Stories of Change

  • Defying all odds to serve justice
    May 1, 2019

    Senior Constable Meena Khan hails from Gandapur tribe of Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province where strong cultural mores prevent women from working outside their homes. Khan broke from this longstanding tradition and joined the KP police force in 2008

  • Rukhsana Bibi was served justice free of cost
    May 1, 2019

    Rukhsana Bibi belongs to an area in Khyber Pakhtunwa province where women lack access to fundamental rights and where rights’ violation is a common practice. Life for Rukhsana Bibi had never been easy. She was forced to marry against her will, and despite her efforts and compromises, she could not make her marriage work. The struggle continued as Rukhsana Bibi was denied the most basic rights. She had never been to a police station before and did not know how to report her case. She then came to know about a paralegal in her area who could help her.

  • Jul 3, 2017

    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.

  • 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
    Sep 11, 2017

    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.

  • Jul 31, 2017

    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.

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