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Institute of Communication Studies, University of Punjab Collaborates with Mishal Pakistan to Develop Media Credibility Index

Posted by on 18 Jul, 2013

Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Punjab Collaborates with Mishal Pakistan to develop Media Credibility Index, an initiative to create new frameworks and methodologies to measure current trends and indices on media ethics, journalism standards, media credibility and rankings to be measured on international benchmarks.

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Posted by on 26 Sep, 2014

Publication: Pakistan News Release Date: 26-09-2014 Web links:  http://www.pakistannewsreleases.com/pakistan-highest-infant-mortality-rate-world-iqbal-detho/ Shikarpur, September...

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PreCall – 4th intl. conference on M4D – Dakar, Senegal – 8-9 April 2014

Posted by on 19 Mar, 2013

This conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the...

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Posted by on 30 Oct, 2014

The ninth edition of the report finds that, among the 142 countries measured, Pakistan has been ranked at 141 and occupies the last place in the regional ranking. The country score has been fluctuated over the past nine years, ending with a slight improvement compared to 2006.

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Pakistan at 141 Among 142 Countries on the Global Gender Gap Report 2014 of the World Economic Forum.


Pakistan at 141 Among 142 Countries on the Global Gender Gap Report 2014 of the World Economic Forum.

Islamabad, PK – 29 October, 2014 - In nine years of measuring the global gender gap, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, launched by the World Economic Forum, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by 4% from 56% in 2006 when the Forum first started measuring it. Based on this trajectory, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close this gap completely.
The ninth edition of the report finds that, among the 142 countries measured, Pakistan has been ranked at 141 and occupies the last place in the regional ranking. The country score has been fluctuated over the past nine years, ending with a slight improvement compared to 2006.
On the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex Pakistan has experienced one of the highest negative percentage change relative to its 2006 score. Yet it has achieved one of the highest percentage change relative to its own 2006 score on the Educational Attainment subindex – even the score still falls below 2014 world average on that subindex. Pakistan ranks 141st on the Economic Participation and Opportunity subindex this year. It is one of the ten lowest-performing countries on all indicators of this subindex with the exception of Wage equality for similar work. Pakistan is one of the three countries with the lowest percentage of firms with female participation in ownership. Finally, the country ranks 119th on the Health and Survival subindex and 85th on the Political Empowerment subindex.
Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, a partner institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Networks, World Economic Forum, said, “as compared to 2013, Pakistan’s indicators have not changed much, instead other countries have shown improvements. Gender parity and socio-economic empowerment has not been a priority for governments in Pakistan.” “The fact that, there is not a single female full minister either in federal or any of the provincial governments, is an alarming situation”, he further added.

Pakistan’s Performance on the Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum

On the global front, the gender gap is narrowest in terms of health and survival. This gap stands at 96% globally, with 35 countries having closed the gap entirely. This includes three countries that have closed the gap in the past 12 months. The educational attainment gap is the next narrowest, standing at 94% globally. Here, 25 countries have closed the gap entirely. While the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity lags stubbornly behind, the gap for political empowerment, the fourth pillar measured, remains wider still, standing at just 21%, although this area has seen the most improvement since 2006.
With no one country having closed its overall gender gap, Nordic nations remain the most gender-equal societies in the world. Last year’s leading four nations – Iceland (1), Finland (2), Norway (3) and Sweden (4) – are joined by Denmark, which climbs from eighth place to fifth. Elsewhere in the top 10 there is considerable movement, with Nicaragua climbing four places to sixth, Rwanda entering the index for the first time at seventh, Ireland falling to eighth, the Philippines declining four places to ninth and Belgium climbing one place to tenth.
Further up the index, the United States climbs three places to 20 in 2014, after narrowing its wage gap and improving the number of women in parliamentary and ministerial level positions. Among the BRICS grouping, the highest-placed nation is South Africa (18), supported by strong scores on political participation. Brazil is next at 71, followed by Russia (75), China (87) and India (114).
Nine years of data from the Global Gender Gap Report – first published in 2006 – reveal the pattern of change around the world relative to countries’ own past performance and in relation to each other.
“Much of the progress on gender equality over the last 10 years has come from more women entering politics and the workforce. While more women and more men have joined the workforce over the last decade, more women than men entered the labour force in 49 countries. These are far-reaching changes – for economies and national cultures, however it is clear that much work still remains to be done, and that the pace of change must in some areas be accelerated, ” said Saadia Zahidi, Head of the Gender Parity Programme at the World Economic Forum and lead author of the report.
Progress has not been even across the four pillars of economy, politics, health and education. On educational attainment and health and survival, although many countries have already reached parity, the trend is actually reversing in some parts of the world. In fact, nearly 30% of the countries covered have wider education gaps than they did nine years ago, and over 40% of countries have wider health and survival gaps than they did nine years ago.
“Achieving gender equality is obviously necessary for economic reasons. Only those economies who have full access to all their talent will remain competitive and will prosper. But even more important, gender equality is a matter of justice. As a humanity, we also have the obligation to ensure a balanced set of values,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
The Global Gender Gap Index ranks 142 countries on the gap between women and men on health, education, economic and political indicators. It aims to understand whether countries are distributing their resources and opportunities equitably between women and men, irrespective of their overall income levels. The report measures the size of the gender inequality gap in four areas:
•    Economic participation and opportunity – salaries, participation and leadership
•    Education – access to basic and higher levels of education
•    Political empowerment – representation in decision-making structures
•    Health and survival – life expectancy and sex ratio
Index scores can be interpreted as the percentage of the gap that has been closed between women and men, and allow countries to compare their current performance relative to their past performance. In addition, the rankings allow for comparisons between countries. Thirteen out of the 14 variables used to create the index are from publicly available hard data indicators from international organizations such as the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Health Organization.
The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation in the spirit of global citizenship. It engages with business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is independent, impartial and not tied to any interests. It cooperates closely with all leading international organizations.

Global Dignity Day; Underprivileged Children Gathered in Islamabad to Celebrate Human Dignity


Islamabad, PK – October 16, 2014 - To establish and recognize the right of every human being to lead a dignified life, the third Wednesday of October is celebrated as Global Dignity Day in all parts of the world. Global Dignity Day is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-political initiative taken by the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

In order to educate the children about the concept and importance of human dignity, the children of Mashal Model School and Master Ayub’s Street School joined together to celebrate the Global Dignity Day in Islamabad at the street school of Master Ayub located at Hill Road in F-6/3, organized by Right To Play.

Mashal Model School is an initiative of Ms. Zeba Hussain, providing education and guidance to the street children in Bari Imam at the periphery of Islamabad. There are over 500 children enrolled at the school who regularly participate in play based learning activities guided by Right To Play’s trained Coach.

Master Ayub’s school is another groundbreaking initiative to provide education of under-privileged children living in Bastis around F-6. Been recently awarded the Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan, Master Ayub is an inspiration in a country where 25 million children are still out of school. He is teaching voluntarily for the past 27 years and thousands of children have received free education from this humble yet legendary initiative.

At the celebration of Global Dignity, children wrote letters to themselves in which they resolved to work for protecting their personal dignity and that of others. The purpose of celebrating this day is to educate and inspire, children and youth in particular, about the concept and importance of human dignity. Every human being regardless of race, culture or social background has the right to protect his or her dignity. This years’ theme is ‘dignity is every child’s right to go to school’. Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization takes the lead in celebrating Dignity Day in schools in Pakistan in all of its project areas in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.

Right To Play collaborated with Mr. Amir Jahangir, the country chair for Global Dignity in Pakistan. Jahangir is also a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum as well and Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan as well. In his message, Jahangir said, “Dignity is simply defined as, right to a better life is every child’s right; dignity for self and dignity for others is the basic right to every child”.

“The purpose to commemorate the Global Dignity Day is to sensitize society to respect the dignity of every human. Right To Play endorses the five principles devised by Global Dignity. Right To Play believes that dignity is a human right and we are celebrating this day across Pakistan to aware children to treat themselves and others the importance of dignity”, said Iqbal Jatoi, the Country Manager of Right To Play, Pakistan.

Johann Olav Koss, the 4 times Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of Right To Play has sent a special message for Global Dignity Day 2014 “Dignity is having the opportunity to fulfill your potential, Dignity is the right to go to school, Its knowing how to protect yourself from disease, It gives you the confidence to say NO, It creates personal boundaries, Its having the freedom to be yourself, to live in peace. All it takes is one child to positively influence your community, because children are the change makers of the world”.

In 10 districts of Sindh and KP and also in Islamabad, more than 40,000 children and youth are participating in Global Dignity sessions which started in Right To Play partner schools from October 13 and will continue till October 18. Right To Play’s leaders and coaches will facilitate sessions on dignity in classrooms and encourage children to share inspiring stories. Lead by the Junior Leaders of Right To Play, the students share dignity principles, perform role-plays and tableaus manifesting the need of human dignity, and also express their thoughts through drawings and songs.

Dignity events are also taking place in Right To Play partner schools in Mardan, Mansehra, Peshawar in KP and Thatta, Umer Kot, Khairpur, Ghotki and Karachi in Sindh and in Islamabad as well, where large number of children, teachers and parents, and civil society members are participating.

Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development organization using sport and play as tools to effect behavior and social change. Our trained Coaches and community leaders implement our programs which are designed to develop basic life skills, prevent diseases, teach conflict resolution and instill hope in children affected by war, poverty and disease. Right To Play implements programs in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Right To Play is currently working with more than 200,000 children in 11 districts of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. Right To Play has trained over 400 local youth as coaches to work in Right To Play’s partner schools in the country.

About Global Dignity:

Global Dignity is an independent, non-profit, non-political initiative focused on empowering people with dignity. Established in 2006 by Young Global Leaders; H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant and Professor Pekka Himanen, the initiative inspires respect, self-esteem and tolerance of diversity and promotes the idea that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. Global Dignity has developed a course on dignity, including five dignity principles, which is taught in schools around the world on October 15th – Global Dignity Day. In 2014, students in more than 40 countries will participate in Global Dignity Day.

PAKISTAN FACES HEALTH EMERGENCY


ISLAMABAD, OCTOBER 14; Pakistan is facing health emergency as 352,000 children die every year before reaching the age of five. The country has the highest rate of first day new born and still birth deaths in the world and lead to deaths of 28,000 mothers every year.  Yet health is the most under reported sector in Pakistani media.

The role of media in highlighting health issues is often affected due to lack of information. It is time that the media should take up this issue and report it with such consistency that it pressurizes the policy makers to focus on their responsibility.

This was the crux of discussion at the two-day health reporters training workshop held in Islamabad. The workshop was conducted by Save the children in collaboration with Mishal Pakistan.

Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, Amir Jahangir mentioned that Pakistan’s health budget is still the lowest and under 1 per cent which is the lowest in the region and the world. 80 per cent of the budget accounts for salaries and existing costs. Pakistan medical association claims that corruption and mismanagement is rampant in the health sector. According to PMA the health situation cannot improve unless the budget is enhanced to at least 8 per cent.

The government embroiled in current political issues is giving almost no attention to the child mortality and mother mortality issues which require immediate attention.

Lead trainer and senior journalist Mubashir Zaidi told the workshop participants that most of the health targets, government of Pakistan committed at the international level under Millennium Development Goals No 4 & 5 for 2015, are certain to be missed. Instead most of the targets that were to be achieved by next year now been put in Vision 2025. Although most political parties in their manifestos mention health as their priority but the moment they come to power, the health sector remains neglected.

After 18th Amendment health is now a provincial responsibility but the centre still supervises vaccination campaign and other major health initiatives. The lack of clarity on the devolution of health sector has led to confusion which was evident in last year’s measles deaths in Sindh. Lack of vaccination, poor health facilities and water and sanitation issues are compounding the problems as health workers throughout the country are currently battling to curtail polio which is reaching to a record level this year.

Awareness about breastfeeding remains a low priority area for the government as well as the media. Breastfeeding has increased at a snail pace in the last five years i.e .6 % while bottled milk has sharply risen to over 12% raising concerns over the health authorities efforts to promote breastfeeding.

The reporters need to join hands with civil society and adopt innovative ways to bring health issues in focus in the media before it gets too late.

Dr. Samina Naeem Khalid, Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health, Health Services Academy told the workshop that a coordinated effort from all stakeholders can drastically reduce child mortality.

Investigative journalist Umar Cheema said human profiling of health stories coupled with investigative journalism can bring back the issue in the mainstream media.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA and Chairperson Parliamentary Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) said that media can play vital role in helping the provincial and the federal government in highlighting challenges that still confronts the country in meeting the MDGs target. She also distributed the certificated among the participants of workshop.

Pakistan has highest infant mortality rate in the world – Breastfeeding stands at a record low of 37.7 per cent


Shikarpur September 29: Shikarpur faces a health emergency-like
situation where more than half of the children are malnourished and
suffering from illness while poor water and sanitation facilities and
lack of vaccination cover is putting lives of children in danger.

Pakistan has highest number of first day child deaths in the world and
Sindh tops with 3 percent more infant mortality rate than other
provinces – breastfeeding not increased even 1 per cent in the last
five years while malnutrition is affecting half of mothers and
children amongst Pakistani population. Said, Iqbal Detho, Provincial
Manager, Save the Children.

At Shikarpur press club a media briefing was conducted by Save the
children in collaboration with Mishal Pakistan where participants
urged the media to highlight the situation in Shikapur so that the
policy makers shift their focus to important issues like health and
education.

More than half of the Shikarpur District children were found to be
suffering from illness in a survey released in December last year. The
enactment of the Sindh Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding and
Child Nutrition Act 2013 and the adoption of Sindh Inter-sectoral
Nutrition Strategy by the Government of Sindh are landmark steps but
effective implementation of the laws and strategies is yet to be seen.

A highly inadequate budget for nutrition and child health programs is
warranting an immediate consideration of the lawmakers to readjust
their priorities.

Mubashir Zaidi, lead trainer of AGAHI said that Pakistan is certain to
miss targets of Millennium Development goals No 4 & 5 which relates to
child and mother mortality in 2015. The targets have now been included
in Vision 2025 by the Government of Pakistan, which were supposed to
be achieved by 2015.

But as it is said that it is never too late – the media, civil society
and health organizations can join hands and create a pressure on
policy makers to get their priorities right and focus on child health
issues. Breastfeeding stands at a record low of 37.7 per cent in
Pakistan while bottle feeding has increased to over 42 per cent
showing a sharp rise of over 11 per cent in the past five years as
compared to breastfeeding which has registered an increase of .6 per
cent in the last five years.

Speaking on the occasion, Ayaz Sanjrani, President, Shikarpur press
club said that increasing poverty is adding to the problems of the
residents of Shikarpur District where 62 per cent of people are living
under poverty line. Less than forty per cent of Shikarpur people do
not have access to toilet while more than 85 per cent of people do not
use soaps.

Pakistan has highest infant mortality rate in world: Iqbal Detho


Publication: Pakistan News Release
Date: 26-09-2014
Web links:  http://www.pakistannewsreleases.com/pakistan-highest-infant-mortality-rate-world-iqbal-detho/

Shikarpur, September 29, 2014 (PPI-OT): Shikarpur faces a health emergency-like situation where more than half of the children are malnourished and suffering from illness while poor water and sanitation facilities and lack of vaccination cover is putting lives of children in danger.

Pakistan has highest number of first day child deaths in the world and Sindh tops with 3 percent more infant mortality rate than other provinces – breastfeeding not increased even 1 per cent in the last five years while malnutrition is affecting half of mothers and children amongst Pakistani population. Said, Iqbal Detho, Provincial Manager, Save the Children.

At Shikarpur press club a media briefing was conducted by save the children in collaboration with Mishal Pakistan where participants urged the media to highlight the situation in Shikapur so that the policy makers shift their focus to important issues like health and education.

More than half of the Shikarpur District children were found to be suffering from illness in a survey released in December last year. The enactment of the Sindh Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Act 2013 and the adoption of Sindh Inter-sectoral Nutrition Strategy by the Government of Sindh are landmark steps but effective implementation of the laws and strategies is yet to be seen.

A highly inadequate budget for nutrition and child health programs is warranting an immediate consideration of the lawmakers to readjust their priorities. Mubashir Zaidi, lead trainer of AGAHI said that Pakistan is certain to miss targets of Millennium Development goals No 4 and 5 which relates to child and mother mortality in 2015. The targets have now been included in Vision 2025 by the Government of Pakistan, which were supposed to be achieved by 2015.

But as it is said that it is never too late – the media, civil society and health organizations can join hands and create a pressure on policy makers to get their priorities right and focus on child health issues. Breastfeeding stands at a record low of 37.7 per cent in Pakistan while bottle feeding has increased to over 42 per cent showing a sharp rise of over 11 per cent in the past five years as compared to breastfeeding which has registered an increase of .6 per cent in the last five years.

Speaking on the occasion, Ayaz Sanjrani, President, Shikarpur press club said that increasing poverty is adding to the problems of the residents of Shikarpur District where 62 per cent of people are living under poverty line. Less than forty per cent of Shikarpur people do not have access to toilet while more than 85 per cent of people do not use soaps.

 


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