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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Staff Reporter

Daily Times

Published Date: May 15, 2019

Govt. to introduce panchayat, alternative dispute resolution systems: Fatyana

The Chairperson, National Assembly Standing Committee on Law & Justice, Riaz Fatyana on Tuesday said the government was trying to introduce panchayat system in the country and alternative dispute resolution laws in the parliament which will reduce burden on courts and provide transparent, cost effective and speedy justice to the people, especially to women and vulnerable groups.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Understanding Barriers for Women’s Access to Justice in Pakistan’, jointly organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the UN Women, Pakistan, Fatyana said there are so many laws to protect rights of women, some of them are even contradictory to each other, which requires consolidation coupled with establishing a proper process to avoid conflict and providing immediate relief to the women in distress.

Lack of awareness among women about their rights, prevailing illiteracy, growing poverty, rising inequality and unnecessary delays in dispensation of justice necessitate the need of reforms in civil and criminal court procedures, especially for ensuring women’s access to justice. He said the proposal of Qazi courts is also under consideration of incumbent government, where victims don’t require lawyers and will be provided with affordable and speedy justice. The Council of Islamic Ideology needs to have women’s representation as the Council takes up issues, mostly related to women, Fatyana added.

Pakistan ranked among the second-worst out of 149 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report and ranked at 117 out of 126 countries in Rule of Law ranking by the World Justice Project

Chairperson, National Council on the Status of the Women (NCSW) Khawar Mumtaz said any dispute resolution system or justice system introduced by the government should be based on consensus and must be backed by a legal and regulatory framework. She said the scale of the issue of women’s access to justice is much bigger than we imagine. The challenge for us is to make our society more inclusive, especially for our minorities, who are vulnerable due to lack of access to justice. She said violence and fear of violence are the biggest barriers for women victims to get access to justice, where conviction rate is already negligible. The Commission has identified three key areas for intervention to ensure women’s access to justice. They include: Enhancement of women’s participation at the highest decision-making levels, especially in the courts and other state institutions, Economic empowerment of women and combating all forms of violence against women.

Former Judge and advocate, Riffat Butt said all social, economic and legal barriers are interconnected and are embedded in our traditional social and religious system which discourages women to raise their voice in getting access to justice. She urged the government and relevant authorities for the most advanced interpretation of our social and religious customs, norms, values and laws. She emphasized the need for reforming the institutions involved in dispensation of justice, which are incompetent and lack capacity to resolve complex issues. She also called upon the government for ensuring uniformity of the law across the country. International conventions on women’s access to justice should also be ratified and after necessary legislation should be implemented at the earliest, she added.

Senior Research Associate, SDPI Rabia Manzoor said that though women’s access to justice has been improved over the time, but there are some social, legal and economic challenges which are hindering women’s access to justice. She said Pakistan ranked among the second-worst out of 149 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report and ranked at 117 out of 126 countries in Rule of Law ranking by the World Justice Project. Whereas, in 2015 only, 65 women were burnt in acid attacks, 1,515 women were raped and 713 were murdered in honour killings, while a large number of cases were unreported. These facts show the scale and significance of the issue, which must be considered by the government on a priority basis, she added. Rabia said lack of knowledge about legal procedures, financial resources, inaccessibility of legal institutions, female staff and model police stations for women are some of the major barriers for women’s access to justice in Pakistan.