This year, Pakistan held the first democratic election in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), in line with the Constitutional Amendment of May 2018 to merge FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. These elections represent a milestone in nation building and strengthening of national instruments, particularly against the threat of growing violent extremism. However, early polling results mirror the national trend wherein women are still not elected into decision and law-making roles. Pakistan continues to be ranked 150th out of 153 countries on the Women, Peace and Security Index, with performance on discriminatory norms recording a high of 73 per cent. The prevailing norms continue to contribute to the marginalization of women at local, provincial and national levels. This year the N-Peace CSO Grants for Pakistan will support organizations addressing social norms and root causes of marginalization of women within the context of the changing governance structures, increase in the use of social media and youth engagement, the prevalence of honour killings and child marriages, and community mechanisms to counter and prevent the spread of violent extremism.

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