Promoting the Human Rights and Electoral Participation of People with Disabilities (PWDs) was a two-year project funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, United States Department of State.
The project’s goal was to enhance outreach, advocacy, and engagement of persons with disabilities, transgender individuals, and women with the election authorities and Pakistan’s political parties. The project oversaw the formation of a Coalition for Inclusive Pakistan (CIP), comprising 15 civil society organizations dedicated to marginalized segments’ rights, which worked to facilitate marginalized people towards greater participation in electoral processes.
CIP, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, made election observation possible by these groups. The unique findings and recommendations of the specialized election observation of the General Election 2018 enabled CIP partners to sustain and enhance their advocacy with the election authorities, legislators, and political parties on a range of priority issues for each community of interest in electoral and political contexts.