Pakistan

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Women's Parliamentarian Caucus
(January 2008)

About

Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
- Legislation to establish quotas and prevent harassment in the workplace, acid burns and practices prejudicial toward women in distress or detention.
- Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Aurat Foundation in May 2015 to work together to address critical issues of concern for women including eradication of gender based violence and to enhance the knowledge of newly elected women parliamentarians on legislative process.
- In July 2016, a Committee comprising lawmakers from both the Lower and Upper Houses of the Parliament unanimously approved two bills tabled by Women's Parliamentary Caucus on the anti-honour killing laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) bill, 2015, and the anti-rape laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) bill 2015.
- Facilities and registration process for internally displaced persons in flood-affected areas of Pakistan; support for the Benazir Income Support Program; adoption of resolutions condemning terrorism and violence.
- In October 2014, the Caucus decided to take lead in promoting child immunisation. Women parliamentarians support the government in the new communication plan with a new branding that converges routine immunisation and polio.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
No

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Mr. Syed Wasim Kazmi, Coordinator
Parliament House, First Floor, Room #107-A
Islamabad 44000
Pakistan
Phone
+92-91031389
Fax number
+92-9103140