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PODA to prepare special publication on rural women.

ISLAMABAD, July 15, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) has invited research papers on a number of subjects to have a deep and wide understanding of the multi-dimensional lives of rural women. Sameena Naz, Director PODA told AP that the organization is planning to prepare a special publication to provide information on the situation of rural women in the country that will be launched in the 2nd National Rural Women Conference to be held in October. The main idea of the publication is to gather papers from diverse fields to show the contributions and challenges of rural women and to facilitate recognition of rural women as a major asset to Pakistani society. This will be a unique contribution towards bringing visibility to the work of rural women. The primary objective of each paper is to highlight the role and contributions of rural women and show the role, contributions, importance and impact of rural womens participation in the development on the country. The research paper is aimed to explain the socio, cultural, economic, political, practical and any other problems that rural women face with regards to the subject of the paper. It would highlight the problems and needs of rural women and make concrete recommendations on how to solve the problems identified in the paper and identify the stakeholders in the solution process. The authors are advised to write their papers within a human rights framework from the list of international standards that the government of Pakistan has agreed to implement in the country. The subjects include United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 1979, UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women 1993, UN General Assembly resolution on Improvement of the situation of women in rural areas. The data used in papers about the situation of rural women in Pakistan should be accessed from multiple sources including local, district, provincial and national or international sources and properly referenced in order to differentiate it from the authors own words, interpretation and analysis. The length of papers should not exceed 8000 words in English and Urdu and should not be less than 5000 words. The authors can choose a subject for a paper from the subjects including role of rural women in Agriculture, food crops, livestock, vegetables, cash crops, horticulture, income generating activities and rural women, modern agricultural practices and recognition of rural woman as a Farmer in Pakistan. The participation of rural women in education, political leadership, environment, innovation, access to justice, religion, arts (theatre, drama, music, literature), community decision making, trafficking, nutrition, media and access to information can also be selected as subjects for research papers. PODA is working for the promotion and protection of human rights of rural communities in the country. Every year, PODA organizes a national conference in Islamabad to commemorate the World Rural Women Day on October 15. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declared 15th October a UN day through a resolution titled Improvement of the situation of women in rural areas. The resolution calls on all governments to ensure that rural women have full access to human rights at all levels.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 15, 2009
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