Researches & Surveys
Activity Report 2011-17
Women in Struggle for Empowerment (WISE) is a Non-Governmental organization, established in 2011, registered under Societies Act 1860, dedicated to promote social, political, economic rights of women in Pakistan. WISE is an all-women's group of like-minded, united on the basis of shared vision of gender justice.
Activity Report 2011-17
Women in LG - Lahore
The purpose of this publication was to document the profiels and views of the elected local government women representatives of district Lahore and present their perspectives and aspirations around the women political participation in local government system. The report also presents findings and trends based on the data of the elected councilors of Lahore.
Women in Local Government - Lahore
Women in LG - Nankana Sahib
The purpose of this publication was to document the profiles and views of the elected local government women representatives of district Nankana Sahib and present their perspectives and aspirations around the women political participation in local government system. The report also presents findings and trends based on the data of the elected councilors of Nankana Sahib.
Women in Local Government - Nankana
Women, Political Struggles and Gender Equality in South Asia
Comprising epicstories of women struggle and survival in South Asia, this book emerges in response to an incident of brutal rape of a young woman in Delhi Busin 2012. Synergizing their efforts 15 women authors have come together to present a detail analysis of position of women in S Asia, the issue of violence and long struggle for gender equality. WISE, being co-author contributed an entire chapter in this book on the courage and bravery of many women, fighting for justice in Pakistan. Prof. Margaret Alston, University of Monash, Australia has edited this wonderful book.
WOMEN RIGHT TO LAND: An analysis of policies and problems in Pakistan
Command of property is the most severe form of inequality between men and women today. In face of overwhelming evidence of the power of land in agrarian countries like Pakistan, the right to and control of land by women has not merited attention. WISE conducted this study in 2012 in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan. The study advocates the women case amid clash of social and legal perceptions on prevailing Civil, Islamic, Customary and Family laws. It also presents policy recommendations to promote gender justice and food sovereignty.
WOMEN DEVELOPMENT SECTOR, PUNJAB: Mapping strengths and gaps in post 18th Amendment Scenario
WISE conducted this study in 2014 for Citizens Commission for Human Development. The study assesses and analyses the pace of devolution of WDD portfolio at fiscal, administrative, legislative and political levels in Punjab province. It also looks at the performance and direction of the steps of the newly established WWD Punjab. On the basis of the specific findings, the study presents solid and policy recommendations to push forward the agenda of progress of women folk in Punjab.
THE MOMENTUM OF CHANGE: Eliminating Bonded Labor in Brick Kilns
WISE conducted this study in 2013 for Labor and Human Resource Department, Punjab. There are about 10,000 brick kiln factories in Pakistan and half of these exist in Punjab alone. Millions of workers including women and children on these kilns are facing worst working condition including bonded labor. The study puts light on the recent initiatives of labor department in collaboration with ILOto eliminate bonded labor at kilns. It also highlights the impacts on kiln workers with regard to their health, education, social security, better working conditions and income generation in two districts of Sheikhupura and Lahore.
The Law, Patriarchy and Religious Fundamentalism: Women’s Rights in Pakistan
The report is published by Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in 2014. WISE besides contributing in terms of perspectives and information on women’s position in Pakistani society also coordinated the printing and dissemination of this report in Pakistan. The report speaks about the main causes of violence against women and role of the society and state with special focus on the weak criminal justice system- Police and judiciary and culture of Impunity.
SOME IN COMPLETE GENDER NOTES - An anthology of essays on women lives in Pakistan
This brief booklet is collection of essays, write-ups and articles penned by Bushra Khaliq, Executive Director WISE (Women in struggle for Empowerment) between 2007-2011. The Notes reflect upon variety of issues related to women in Pakistan, ranging from women daily struggles against state and societal oppression, honor killings, impacts of rising extremism on women and stories of women from flood-hit areas of Punjab and IDP camps in KPK.
HOW TO SPEND IT: Smart procurement for more effective aid
"How to spend it. Smart procurement for more effective aid" is an argumentative report published by Eurodad. WISE translated this report in 2012 in Urdu language. The report monitors the implementation of aid effectiveness commitments by rich countries in the fields of aid, procurement and the use of country systems. The report also investigates how aid is actually spent, who the beneficiaries and what the local economic impact is. The report was disseminated and appreciated by the academics.
GIRLS, NOT BRIDES: A situational Analysis of Child Marriages in Pakistan
WISE conducted this study in collaboration with Action Aid, Pakistan in 2013. The study encompasses the social, religious and legal aspects surrounding the issue of early girl marriages in Pakistan. It discusses the negative impacts of early girl marriages and flags the need for pro-girls amendments in law. Besides presenting an overview of international conventions and laws related to child marriages in South Asia, the study probes the Pakistan’s laws related to early girl marriages. It also presents suggestions to protect and promote girls’ child and human rights
An analysis of state of torture and implementation on UN-CAT in Pakistan
Despite the fact Pakistan ratified the UNCAT in 2010, it has yet to make law criminalizingcustodial torture by the law the enforcement agencies-an ugly and common practice in Pakistan. To highlight the need for state compliance of UNCAT and need for subsequent legislationon torture,WISE developed this report in 2012. It probes gaps in the existing legal frameworks preventing torture and presents a draft Bill for prohibition of Torture in Pakistan.
CHILD LABOR: Rapid assessment survey of worst forms of child labor in District Mianwali
The report is part of the series of surveys assigned by the Provincial Child Labor Unit and ILO in 10 districts of Punjab. In collaboration with PCLU, the WISE conducted this survey in district of Mianwali. The report contains detail information on WFCL in the district and identifies some new sectors having child laborers. It also present conclusions and recommendations to eliminate the menace of child labor in the district.
CHILD LABOR: Rapid assessment survey of worst forms of child labor in District Khushab
The report is part of the series of surveys assigned by the Provincial Child Labor Unit and ILO in 10 districts of Punjab. In collaboration with PCLU, the WISE conducted this survey in district of Khushab. The reportcontains detail information on WFCL in the district and identifies some new sectors having child laborers. It also present conclusions and recommendations to eliminate the menace of child labor in the district.
BRIDGES: An Action Research on the issue of Rape & Criminal Justice System
WISE conducted this study in 2014 for Mehargarh in three districts of Multan, Muzaffargarh and Lahore. Besides case studies of rape victims, Investigative/informal interviews of police personnel, public prosecutors, ex-judges, lawyers and concerned civil society actors were main tools to develop this report. Amazingly the actors of the justice bazar viewed majority of the rape complaints as false. Police have strong opinion that modest women never report incident of rape. A strong trend found about police distort FIR and negative role during evidence collection to tilt the case in favor of perpetrator.