United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Asia and the Pacific

UN Women Pakistan

Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with a projected population of 188 million, of which women constitute half the population. Pakistan has adopted a number of key international commitments to gender equality and women’s human rights - the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals. Despite these commitments, Pakistan’s ranking for gender equality remains one of the lowest in the world.

In moving towards realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women provides support to innovative initiatives that promote women’s human rights, with special focus on their economic security, political participation and freedom from violence. In Pakistan, UN Women stands committed to base its work on a theory of change that is premised on three focus areas:

  • Aligning laws and policies of the governments to create a conducive environment for women’s empowerment and human rights;
  • Strengthening work processes, resources, and capacities in organizations to fulfill obligations;
  • Supporting community level initiatives that demonstrate how changes in practices and attitudes can be achieved to implement commitments that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment


WEE Status Report 2016

Pakistan’s newly launched ‘Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment - Status Report 2016’ emphasizes the complex and multifaceted concept of women’s economic empowerment and status of Pakistani women to different dimensions and determinants of economic participation.

The report highlights specific aspects of women’s economic empowerment and recommends a concerted effort to improve women’s access, opportunities and capabilities in order for them to participate as full economic actors in development and growth. Read more


Recently launched through social media with a video that features Pakistani women of strength from multiple walks of life, the campaign challenges their counterparts to beat them at their respective expertise, and at the amazing things women have achieved, globally.


The ‘#BeatMe’ campaign juxtaposes every means of abuse against a strength of each woman. Verbal abuse is addressed by challenging men to beat women with their voice and words from the likes of Meesha Shafi (singer) and Sana Bucha (journalist). Read more on #BeatMe

News and stories

BISP and UN Women Ink an MoU on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

22 November 2016

Pakistan’s Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), the custodian of more than 5.3 million vulnerable women and their families, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on expanding social protection coverage through improvement in women’s empowerment and gender equality. The MoU was signed by Mr Jamshed Kazi (Country... more

“#BeatMe,” say Pakistani women to men, in anti-violence campaign to end domestic and sexual abuse

20 November 2016

UN Women Pakistan’s new ‘ #BeatMe ’ campaign brings an unconventional twist to advocacy on women’s rights. In a compelling paradox, the campaign showcases a woman inviting a man to beat her - but at things she is good at. The campaign, aims to inspire women to reaffirm that they are stronger than they are made to believe, and aims to shatter the perception that a woman is weak, taking her from someone who is... more

Punjab Chief Minister steams up women’s empowerment initiatives

21 October 2016

The Government of the Punjab has set up a taskforce to fast-forward women’s empowerment agendas, including working closely with UN Women to create policy environment for women informal workers in the province. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif early this week constituted a provincial taskforce for facilitating the coordination of women’s empowerment initiatives, and scaling up activities and awareness campaigns across relevant frameworks including but not limited to the... more

The U.S. State Department pledges USD 3.5 million to UN Women to Prevent Violence Against Women in Pakistan

20 October 2016

The United States (U.S.) Department of State and UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) Headquarters signed a three-year agreement, providing a grant of USD 3.5 million to support UN Women Pakistan’s initiative: “Prevention and Protection of Women from Violence Through Access to Justice, Services and Safe Public Spaces.” This was announced during a launch ceremony held today at a local hotel...more

Pakistani Youth Activist Urooj Ashraf at UN Women’s HeForShe Turns Two!

30 September 2016

A Pakistani youth activist Urooj Ashraf Awan, was invited as a guest speaker to the 2nd anniversary of HeForShe turns TWO event held in the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA), New York on 20 Urooj shared the stage with dedicated change-makers creating the movement IMPACT 10x10x10 Champions including: His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland; Bob Moritz, Chairman PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and Samuel L. Stanley Jr, President of StonyBrook University... more

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – a Possible “Game-changer” for Empowering Women

30 September 2016

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a USD 46 billion joint project to enhance connectivity and industrial cooperation. It is China’s biggest-ever overseas investment, and for Pakistan, it provides an unprecedented opportunity to promote the economic potential and rights of the country’s women... more

Pakistani youth present their ideas for Safe Cities & Public Spaces for women and girls

28 September 2016

Pakistani youth act to make public places safe, secure and welcoming for women by pitching street savvy ideas to remove restrictions that hinder women's public mobility and tackle street harassment. Immobility and street harassment, a big problem for women and girls across Pakistan, calls for bold measures, both individually and socially for its eradication. According to a local study... more


Status Report on Womens Economic Participation and Empowerment


The concept of women’s economic empowerment (WEE) combines “economic advancement” and “agency” (the power to make choices and decisions for one-self), which are in turn shaped by individual and community resources and by norms and institutions. In Pakistan social vulnerability juxtaposed with economic vulnerability keeps women underpaid and overworked, even when they overcome structural and social barriers to seek employment. The near invisibility of women in... more

United Nations Pakistan Newsletter


Issue 1/2016 - In this issue: (*) Focus on Transforming slums into thriving communities. (*) Addressing the challenge of under-resourced urban settlements – A top priority. (*) Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. (*) Guiding urban development in Pakistan. (*) Everyone’s dream is to live in cities without slums – Achieving sustainable urbanization... more

Timeline: Gender Equality in Review
Pakistan Country Office 2014


A South-South cooperation of all eight South Asian countries placed the role of women in elections and political processes, including their leadership in decision-making on the agenda both at the national and regional levels. This exchange successfully brought out commonalities of problems faced by women in their political empowerment, and their underlying drivers... more

Featured publication

Status Report on Womens Economic Participation and Empowerment

In Pakistan social vulnerability juxtaposed with economic vulnerability keeps women underpaid and overworked, even when they overcome structural and social barriers to seek employment. The near invisibility of women in micro and macroeconomic policies... View/Download

Interview with H.E. Dr. Meher Taj Roghani

In her address H.E. Dr. Meher Taj Roghani pledged to ensure equality and empowerment for all women and girls saying: “This Country owes debt to girls and women for their resilience.” With your new appointment, as a female role model for democracy, could you... more

Giant Step for Humankind

UN Women welcomes the passage of the Protection of Women against Violence Bill 2015 by the Punjab Assembly on 24 February 2016. The introduction of this bill, which is arguably among the strongest pieces of legislation to ... more


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