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Advancing children’s rights

Thirty-two years ago, on November 20, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This historic convention granted civil, political, economic, social and cultural…

Food inflation

The global average rate of inflation hovers around 3.2 percent. The rate of inflation in Pakistan hovers around 9 percent. The most recent Sensitive Price Index, comprising 51 essential items…

Reporting child abuse

It is often said that children make ‘perfect’ victims for perpetrators. This is because they are unable to protect themselves due to their level of physical and mental development and…

Taliban, women and children

As the Taliban overtook Kabul and now-former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country, Afghanistan stands to face its most urgent humanitarian crisis in two decades. More than 80 percent of…

Supporting Afghan women

Since the Taliban took control of Kabul and the central government on August 15, efforts to support Afghan women have become extremely challenging. According to some prominent US feminists with…

Foundation of healthcare

THE foundation of healthcare is primary healthcare. No country has been able to improve its health indicators without strengthening its PHC system. Universal health coverage, which has been our stated…

When in a hole

When you find yourself in a hole, keep digging. That, dear readers, may well be the ultimate epitaph for Pakistan. Everyone’s focused on the hole. Some make it wider, others…

An end to war?

For many years, the United States claimed its mission in Afghanistan improved the lives of Afghan women and children. But essentially, the US war improved the livelihoods of those who…