76. PFFPS: Pakistan Fertility and Family Planning Survey.
77. PFUJ: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.
78. PHC: Primary Health Care.
79. PHS: Pakistan Integrated Household Survey.
80. PMDC: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.
81. PMLC: Prime Minister’s Literacy Commission.
82. POs: Partner Organisations.
83. PPAF: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.
84. PPC: Pakistan Penal Code.
85. PRSP: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.
86. PTV: Pakistan Television.
87. Q&D: Qisas and Diyat.
88. RHC: Rural Health Center.
89. RSP: Rural Support Programme.
90. SAARC: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
91. SDC: Skill Development Centers.
92. SMI: Safe Motherhood Initiative.
93. SPSC: Sindh Public Service Commission.
94. SRSO: Sindh Rural Support Organisation.
95. STC: School Tawana Committee.
96. TBA: Traditional Birth Attendant.
97. TEVTA: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority.
98. TVO: Trust for Voluntary Organisations.
99. UNDP: United Nations Development Programme.
100. UNESCAP: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia.
101. UNFPA: United Nations Fund for Population.
102. VVFPW: Village Based Family Planning Worker.
103. WCO: Women Community Organisation.
104. WHO: World Health Organisation.
105. WID: Women in Development.
Pakistan ratified CEDAW on 12 April 1996. A compliance report was due within a year’s time but somehow it could not be produced alongwith subsequent two periodic reports. The Ministry of Women Development has worked on this report for more than a year to collate and update national, provincial, cross sectoral data including the civil society contributions in fighting discrimination against women. The report covers the period upto December, 2004.
This document is the outcome of an elaborate national consultative process during which many drafts were prepared, modified and refined. The report was discussed at many inter-ministerial and civil society fora. Recognizing the right of Pakistani citizens, the report was displayed on the Ministry’s website and comments from public were invited through advertisements in national press on e-mail. A lot of debate was generated which helped in polishing the final version.
The report attempts to profile factual status on ground and showcases governmental perspectives on the sixteen operative articles of CEDAW.
Finally, the report was placed before the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Women which endorsed it after due discussion and consideration in a meeting held on 7th February 2005.
It is hoped that this report will help in developing a better under understanding of the global community about the existing and emerging trends in Pakistani society on the road to gender quality.
Pakistan acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 12 April 1996, making a declaration on the Convention and entering a reservation on Article 29 (1):
Declaration: "The accession by [the] Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the [said Convention] is subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan."
Reservation: "The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan declares that it does not consider itself bound by paragraph 1 of article 29 of the Convention."