Institutional Reform and Women’s De Facto Rights in Pakistan


CERP is working in close collaboration with PCSW on the initial stages of rigorous impact evaluation of two major initiatives designed to address challenges faced on basic legal functions and ensure women’s de facto rights in two key areas: their legal share of inheritance and key rights in marriage.
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Principal Investigators

Dr. Erica Field, Duke University
Dr. Kate Vyborny, Duke University

Partners and Funders

The Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW)
 Economic Development and Institutions (EDI)
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Project Period



PCSW took this first ever initiative to train approximately 40,000 marriage registrars in 36 districts of Punjab.
 Previously no administrative data existed on nikkah registrars. This has been collected by Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) in conjunction with Local Government Community Development (LGCD) Department.
The training manual has also been designed from scratch by PCSW in consultation with legal experts and master trainers and can be used for future trainings as well.
PCSW also conducted Training Sessions across Punjab in which more than 300 Master Trainers have been trained in this subject material. These trainers (located all over Punjab) can also be utilised for future trainings.
As part of this project, nikahnama data from across Punjab will also be digitised for the first time.