Research Studies

Placeholder text...

Research StudiesDownload

Report on Hate Speech- USIP


This report aims to explain and analyse anonymous and confidential information on youth experiences and perceptions with regards to hate speech in local media. This study relates to experiences on both social and mainstream print and electronic media. Due to the wider nature of this project, it is important to gain an idea on the manner in which hate speech is spread and perceived, since it is one of the drivers of extremist rhetoric in the country; especially when much of the youth are exposed to the often unsubstantiated opinion that exists within Pakistani current affairs circles.

The objectives of the survey are as follows:

· To gain an understanding of the way the youth perceive and interact with hate speech.

· To add to the body of work from which further studies on hate speech and extremist rhetoric in media can be carried out.

· To collect data on youth experiences with regards to hate speech.

· To educate the general public about the role of hate speech in spreading extremist, reactionary, and destructive rhetoric and worldviews in Pakistan.



Research Study: Street Harassment against Girls in District Gujranwal

The present research is on a sensitive social issue. Street Harassment with girls/women is a big problem in Gujranwala district like other parts of the country. Unfortunately, people evade this issue and avoid talking about it in public despite the fact that you could hardly find a girl who has not personally experienced it in her lifetime. 96 percent female respondents during this study revealed that they have been victim of street harassment in one way or another. According to our analysis, this has created a major hindrance in public mobility of the female folk in Gujranwala. Resultantly, (upward) social mobility of women can be the worst causality and would remain a dream until this social menace is eliminated.

To make things worse, there is meager amount of literature and empirical data available about street harassment. Especially data from the communities is missing; which could inspire well-informed dialogue, and provide the basis for substantiated campaigns within the neighborhoods against this daily life happening. Thus, the study is a unique community assessment from Gujranwala.



Baseline Survey Youth For Women Leadership On Campuses February 2012

Bargad - Organization for Youth Development is implementing a project, entitled "Youth for Women Leadership on Campuses" under Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation (AF), by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 10 public universities from all four provinces of Pakistan. Under this project a baseline survey was carried out in the 10 focused universities from all four provinces of Pakistan through a Structured Survey Form for the students. A total of 1335 forms were collected through the field research.



National Survey On Student Politics, 2008

NATIONAL SURVEY ON STUDENT POLITICS, 2008, is the largest ever consultative study on student politics in Pakistan. With a five percent sample size of 909 students from all 23 general education public universities in the country, the study is a groundbreaking effort to empirically collect and analyze data on student politics. While revealing perceptions of students, the study also recommends detailed rules and model code of conduct for student politics and unions.

NATIONAL SURVEY ON STUDENT POLITICS, 2008, practically aims at pro-peace, women-friendly and student-centred campuses in Pakistan campuses. On theoretical grounds, it argues that the youth is not apathetic towards politics and socio-political causes as is often attributed. Rather they want a contextualized politics that addresses education issues.

Supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS)
Lead Researcher & Author: Iqbal Haider Butt

Download Briefing



Skills Gap In Labour Market



The present study by Ali Salman reveals that a resounding 80% people express their view that in terms of communication skills, there are no significant gender based differences. A similar favorable opinion exists in case of perception on the confidence level, where 76% believe that women and men fare equally well on the issue of confidence level. It further says that 71% people believe that there are no significant gender differences in the analytical ability while 48% people believe that the gender differences in leadership skills are significant.

These studies helped BARGAD to implement training on communication, prepare a manual on communication, compile an Employers? Directory and organize a Job Festival in Gujranwala in collaboration with the Gift University, in which thousands of young graduates benefited from skill training programs like CV writing, job interviewing and communication and were also able to submit their CVs to the employers present there.

?BRIDGING SKILL AND PERCEPTION GAPS IN WOMEN EMPLOYMENT? was a skill mapping project aimed at bringing out skill gaps in the job market i.e. differences between expectations of the employers and capacity and skills level of young and fresh graduates. It also looked into the perception and cultural barriers against young female graduates wishing to enter the labour market. The organization undertook the challenging, yet rewarding task of creating an interactive network between employers and the potential employers. During this process, two research studies were conducted among other key tasks: 1. SKILL GAPS IN LABOUR MARKET (Ali Salman), 2. REPRESSED RESOURCES: A RESEARCH STUDY ON GENDER GAP IN LABOUR MARKET - ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN THE FORMAL SECTOR (Nasira Habib)

Supported by Canadian International Development Agency - Programme for Advancement of Gender Equality (CIDA-PAGE)
Lead Researcher and Author: Ali Salman s



Repressed Resources: A Research Study On Gender Gap In Labour Market - Issues And Challenges In The Formal Sector

REPRESSED RESOURCES: A RESEARCH STUDY ON GENDER GAP IN LABOUR MARKET - ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN THE FORMAL SECTOR has been undertaken in one of the booming industrial hubs of Pakistan, Gujranwala. This survey research demonstrates an overwhelming majority of the selected industrialists, educationists and community members normatively affirms that women should work in offices and factories which have been seen until recent times an arena unsuitable for women.

REPRESSED RESOURCES ??.. identifies the gaps in demand and supply in terms of educational and management skills and analyzes the perceptions of the employers, educational institutions, students and the community about the capabilities of women as managers and why there is a huge gender gap at those positions.

REPRESSED RESOURCES ?? also offers detailed recommendations as well to cope with the issues and challenges of women employment in the formal sector.

It is hoped that results of study will pave ways for linking education with labour market for inclusion of an emerging female youth workforce in Pakistan.

Supported by Canadian International Development Agency - Programme for Advancement of Gender Equality (CIDA-PAGE)
Lead Researcher and Author: Nasira Habib