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Institutional reform and de facto Women Rights in Pakistan

 

Principal Investigators: Dr. Erica Fields (Duke University), Dr. Kate Vyborny (Duke University), Hana

Zahir (CERP)

Implementing Partners: Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW)

Project Type: Large Scale Project

Start Date: 1 st March, 2017

Description of the project:

One important constraint on women’s de facto legal rights in Pakistan is the fact that government officials who carry out basic legal functions such as marriage registration and the processing of inheritance of property often follow their own judgment, are misinformed on details of law, or respond to the pressures of other interested parties rather than complying strictly with the law.

In the proposed pilot project, we will work in close collaboration with PCSW on the initial stages of rigorous impact evaluation of two major initiatives designed to address these challenges and ensure women’s de facto rights in two key areas: their legal share of inheritance, and key rights in marriage. To do so, we will evaluate (1) an initiative to impose new procedural requirements and incentives for government officials involved in property transfer, and (2) the first ever initiative to train all marriage registrars in the province of Punjab. Thus, this initiative targets an extremely broad population of beneficiaries: all women in Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan.

If the study identifies an effect of either or both reforms on legal practices, it will prepare the ground for a future full-scale study of the impacts on women and their families through a household survey sampled directly from the administrative data.

 

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Azam Nazir

Azam Nazir

Title Field Coordinator
Project Social Compact
Duration June 2016- Present
Degree DAE Civil Engineering 
University Govt College of Technology

Profile: Azam Nazir is a Field Coordinator on the Social Compact team. He completed his DAE (Civil Engineering) from Govt. College of Technology (Raiwind) Lahore in 2016. His responsibilities involve coordinating with the Research Team to help with implementation in the field, supervising all surveying activities, and recording data obtained from field activities. His research interests include social welfare, finance, and survey management. Prior to joining CERP, Azam worked in the Communications & Works Department of the Govt. of Punjab as an Assistant sub-Engineer.  

 

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Adil Saeed

Adil Saeed

Title Manager Training, and Capacity Building
Project Training and Capacity Building Unit
Duration May 2018-Present
Degree Masters in Bussines Administration in Marketing
University Lahore University of Management Sciences

Profile: Adil Saeed is Manager, Training and Capacity Building at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. Previously, he was leading a marketing/advertising agency, Brandact, as Chief Operating Officer. He started his career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Communication, where he held various field assignments and also served as Senior Instructor at Economic Cooperation Organization Postal Staff College, Islamabad. He holds an MBA degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences and is an alumnus of Civil Services Academy, Lahore from the 32nd Common Training Program.

 

 

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Ghania Suhail

Ghania Suhail

Title Training and Capacity Building Associate
Project Training and Capacity Building Unit
Duration May 2018- Present
Degree Masters in Economics
University Anadolu University

Profile: Ghania Suhail is the Training and Capacity Building Associate at the Center of Economic Research in Pakistan. She has worked for Pakistan Microfinance Network as a Social Associate and for Children's Global Network - Pakistan as a program coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Nust Business School and has a master’s degree in Economics from Anadolu University in Turkey.

 

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