UN Women Pakistan

Muniba Mazari, 29, is Pakistan’s first National Ambassador for UN Women - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, appointed in December 2015... more

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.

After practicing new techniques, a women farmer show vegetable pickle, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Photo: UN Women/Faria Salman

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


News and Updates

Pakistan Launches its Status Report on Womens Economic Participation Empowerment

18 May 2016

A status report on women’s economic participation and empowerment in Pakistan was launched at an event jointly hosted by the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. Pakistan’s newly launched ‘Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment Status Report... more

Women’s participation and leadership - a game changer to current political paradigms

02 May 2016

Women must have an equal voice in decisions about how to achieve prosperity and growth, about public service provision and policies that affect their lives. It is not only essential to the legitimacy of democratic systems, but also to good governance. Pakistan has made advances in women’s political participation. Currently, women make up just over 20 per... more

Football- changing young women’s lives in Pakistan

19 April 2016

Most Ambassadors and Diplomats had not entered a football pitch in years, and certainly never played football against a national team before. But those who dared to join, got to celebrate the UN International Day of Sports for Development and Peace in a memorable and meaningful way. On 10 April, UN Women teamed up with Serena... more

Briefing on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

30 March 2016

on 15 March 2016 during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Operating under the aegis of the UN Secretary-General, the panel intends to put women’s economic empowerment at the top of the international agenda, including by defining actions to speed up progress under the... more

Statement from the United Nations System in Pakistan

28 March 2016

United Nations Country Team in Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms, the murderous attack on hundreds of people at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, mainly women and children. All people in Pakistan have the right to peaceful lives. Brutality such as that in Lahore contradicts that universal right. Our thoughts are with the Pakistani people, with the victims and their families... more

Acknowledging Pakistani Women Change-Maker’s on International Women’s Day

16 March 2016

Pakistani women from different spheres of life were recognized and honored across the country in numerous events commemorating International Women’s Day 2016. Over the years Pakistan has witnessed many women and young girls, at the international front, break stereotypes and overcome gender biases in the face of adversity. UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - this year acknowledged local Pakistani... more

Q&A with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistani Journalist, Activist and Film-maker

16 March 2016

In a vibrant finale to commemorations of International Women’s Day events in Pakistan, and in honoring Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, UN Women with the High Commission of Canada and the British High Commission co-hosted the Country’s second screening of the Oscar winning documentary ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’. The event held was held on 11 March 2016 in Islamabad. With your second Oscar Academy Award documentary and second... 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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