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

Highlights

#BeatMe… I AM UNBEATABLE

 

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.

#BeatMe
 

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

Together We Can: Building Strategic Alliances with Private sector

15 November 2017

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and UN Women have signed a partnership to contribute towards the economic empowerment of women in Pakistan. The initiative includes strengthening women entrepreneurship and supporting gender-responsive procurement in the country. The partnership was announced after a meeting between Mr. Jamshed M. Kazi, Country Representative for UN Women Pakistan and... more

UN agencies join hands to expand services for survivors of gender-based violence in Pakistan

04 September 2017

Women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence will have greater access to essential and quality multi-sectoral services thanks to a new program jointly implemented by four United Nations agencies including UN Women. Contracts to roll out the United Nations Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence were signed by the representatives... more

UN Women baseline study identifies gaps in services, justice delivery to women

25 August 2017

Women’s access to justice, services, and safe spaces requires long-term advocacy, evidence-based provincial strategies on zero tolerance for Violence Against Women (VAW), strengthened service delivery mechanisms, and capacity building of law enforcement agencies. These recommendations were released on August 24th, by the UN Women as part of a baseline study and the initial phase... more

From where I stand: “Peace is not an overnight miracle. Everyone needs to contribute to build peace”

15 August 2017

Saba Ismail started working on peacebuilding in Pakistan when she was 15 years old. The perceptions about young people is a major barrier to their engagement in peacebuilding, she says, as their work is not taken seriously. The heightened insecurity makes it even harder for young women. Still, she hopes to see diversities celebrated and everyone contributing to peace. I come from Peshawar, a province in the north-west Pakistan, where extremist and radical... more

Multinational Companies in Pakistan Lead by Example in Strengthening Gender Equality Commitments

10 August 2017

Companies have a key role to play as “change agents” to build a world where gender equality is a reality to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5. In pledging their support to take action, the Seven Principles of Women’s Empowerment - a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact - will provide a set of considerations to assist PepsiCo Pakistan, NestléPakistan and... more

#BeatMe: A String of Awards for UN Women Pakistan

21 July 2017

Launched for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in November 2016 through social media, UN Women Pakistan’s #BeatMe campaign gives an unconventional twist for women’s rights and their equality. In challenging stereotypes in a country grappling to end violence against women and in public and private spaces, the #BeatMe campaign, spearheaded by a one-minute video, aims to inspire women and reaffirm that they are... more

Introducing Women’s Safety Audit in Pakistan to make Public Transport Safe for Women

08 June 2017

In making public transportation facilities accessible, ‘safe’ and ‘harassment-free’ for women and girls, a pilot has been launched in Lahore, Punjab to conduct women’s safety audit in public transport to assess women’s perceptions on safety as well as actual safety, and increase their participation in local decision-making. Internationally recognized as a ‘best practice’, a women’s safety audit... more

UN Women and Morango Films Screen the top 25 short films on ‘Social and Political Rights of Women’ under Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’

31 March 2017

To experience another woman's life through a 60-seconds documentary can be a revelatory experience, if crafted and narrated well. The Izhar by Film Fellowship (IBFF), an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) held a screening ceremony of the top 25 short films produced by trainees from across Pakistan who participated in the first-ever fellowship program on the social and... more

Corporates from Sialkot Reaffirm their Commitment to Empowering Local Women

17 March 2017

A group of national corporations and partners engaged in substantive initiatives to enhance economic opportunities and empowerment of local informal women workers in Sialkot, Punjab, on the occasion of International Women’s Day reaffirmed their commitment towards a Planet 50:50 by year 2030 and this year’s Women’s Day theme ‘Women in the Changing World of Work’. The event, organized by Baidarie (a local partner) and UN... more

Publications

Status Report on Womens Economic Participation and Empowerment

2016

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

2016

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

2015

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

United Nations Pakistan - Magazine 2/2017

The second issue of the United Nations Pakistan magazine for 2017 focuses on women’s empowerment. Following International Women’s Day 2017, celebrated across the globe and in Pakistan. Read more

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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