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

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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

Stop Cyber Harassment

An increasing number of Pakistanis, including women and girls, are facing cyber harassment online. Through the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 as well as other concerted initiatives by relevant authorities and many international and national partners, we collectively aim to significantly curb and ultimately eliminate violence against women online.

On 1 February, as a collaborative effort, UN Women, the European Union in Pakistan and Potohar Organization for Development Agency launched a video message online with the aim to educate online users on how to report cyber harassment.

If you or someone you know experience cyber harassment, report abusers to social media sites (such as the National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes, the Federal Investigation Agency and/or digital rights organizations)... more

Stop Verbal Abuse

Violence against women and girls has many faces. Verbal abuse is one form of violence that might not always be visible to others, but can deeply affect a person’s physical and emotional well-being. A video message launched on 4 February, highlighted that verbal abuse can happen to women and girls (men & boys) at all levels of society.

The online message was produced as a collaborative effort by UN Women, the European Union in Pakistan and Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy to encourage everyone to speak up against this violence... more

#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

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

Women lawmakers boldly reaffirm their commitment towards a Planet 50:50 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA

10 March 2017

International Women’s Day is a day Pakistan embraces with great enthusiasm where this enthusiasm acknowledges the important role reserved for women within the process towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UN Women in collaboration with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) celebrated the achievements of the local women and renewed pledges... more

UN Women and Morango Films to roll-out Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’

14 February 2017

Pakistan’s first-ever ‘Izhar by Film Fellowship’ (IBFF) programme - an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) - will commence its four-day filmmaking course in Islamabad from 16-19 February 2017. The IBFF in its first round, early this year received 200 applications following which 60 aspiring filmmakers aged 18 and older were selected from across Pakistan... more

Agreement Signed between UN Women & Swiss Development Cooperation for Enhancing Capacity of the Women Parliamentary Caucus of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

12 January 2017

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) today signed a one-year partnership agreement to enhance the capacity of the Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to integrate a gender perspective in new provincial laws and policies and... more

A Call for Action to Leave No-One Behind, Including People with Disabilities

23 December 2016

Under the theme ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the future we want’, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was commemorated on 2 and 3 December 2016 as part of the 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence. This year’s theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. On 2 December, UN Women together with the UN... more

Minar-e-Pakistan shines ORANGE for 16 Days of Activism

22 December 2016

For the first time ever, the Minar-e-Pakistan, a public monument in Lahore, Punjab province was clad in orange lights to mark 16 of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and reaffirm the commitment of the Provincial Women Development Department (WDD) to end... more

In Inspiring Change, Human Rights Defenders are Honored in KP & FATA

22 December 2016

To inspire change, all women and men need to be independent to achieve their full potential. This means freedom from all forms of discrimination, freedom to pursue all opportunities, including education, freedom to earn and spend their own income, and freedom to follow the career paths they decide they want. In honoring Human Rights Defenders from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) an “Award Ceremony for Women Human Rights Defenders in KP... more

Youth of Muzaffarabad commit to end gender based violence

22 December 2016

A symbolic walk with orange balloons in Muzaffarabad (Pakistan Administered Kashmir, PAK) from Chattar Chowk to the State Parliament, saw young men and women raise their voices and slogans to end all types of violence against women and in the favor of women’s empowerment. The event was organized by the Women Development Department of Pakistan Administered Kashmir, in collaboration with UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender... more

UN Pakistan calls for the engagement of men and boys in ending violence against women and girls

16 December 2016

Every Wednesday Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs Channel airs a program called ‘Perspective’ highlighting the United Nations (UN) work in Pakistan. On Wednesday 30th of November, Mr. Neil Buhne, Resident Coordinator of UN Pakistan, Mr. Jamshed M Kazi, Country Representative of UN Women, and Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women, joined the program to put focus on the need for a proactive approach by the society to end... 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

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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