Gender Disparity: Women File Only 6% of RTI Complaints in KP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission (KPIC) has recently released its annual report, shedding light on its performance and achievements. The report showcases significant data and initiatives undertaken by the commission in the past years.
The report revealed that out of the total 2256 complaints received by the KP Information Commission between 2020 and 2022, a significant majority of 2129 complaints were filed by men, while only 127 complaints were filed by women. This represents a mere 6 percent of the total complaints received by the commission. The disparity between male and female complainants raises concerns about the awareness and utilization of the RTI Act among women in the region.
The website of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission has undergone updates, now offering a complaint tracking facility. It is pertinent to mention that KP RTI Commission is having the most comprehensive website among all other information commissions. The website successfully provides the majority of information sought by the general public, setting a benchmark for others to follow in terms of transparency and information dissemination.
To enhance accessibility and convenience, the KP Information Commission has implemented a video conference system. This allows applicants and representatives of public bodies to attend complaint hearings remotely, simplifying the process and saving time and resources.
In an effort to raise awareness about the RTI Act, the KP Information Commission has sent over 5 million SMS messages to the public. These messages aim to educate citizens about their rights under the act and encourage them to exercise their right to access information from public bodies.
Source: The Reporters