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
End Violence against Gender Minorities
“Gender minorities face a higher rate of discrimination and violence than the male and female gender due to social norms and beliefs. Many are deprived of their rights to health care, education, employment, political participation and inheritance. See more: http://bit.ly/2ASwapf
The #Bridal Uniform
“This year’s Bridal Couture Week was much the same as previous years, where bride after bride walked out on the ramp wearing magnificently extravagant outfits. However, right at the end of the bridal week, one specific outfit caught everyone’s attention... Read more
On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we give you Iqra’s story. Women with disabilities are more vulnerable to face violence in all its forms; be it physical, emotional, psychological or verbal.
This year’s theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all', and at UN Women Pakistan we are committed to increasing our focus on ensuring that women with disabilities are included in all our programmes, especially on economic empowerment, prevention of violence and access to justice.
#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.
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
To reveal and assess the safety concerns of women and girls with regards to the public transport in Lahore, Pakistan's first Women Safety Audit Report was launched on Tuesday. The Women Safety Audit in Public Transport in Lahore was conducted by Aurat Foundation and co-led by the Women's Development Department (WDD) Punjab and UN Women, in collaboration with the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), the Chief Minister's Strategic Reform Unit (SRU)... more
Men and boys from across Pakistan are taking a unified stand to become part of the solution to prevent and end violence against women and girls. In a unique event, thousands of men and boys from around 70 districts across the country poured out into the streets in solidarity with women and girls and called for an end to crimes of violence against women and girls yesterday. Violence against women is a global phenomenon affecting 1 in 3 women... more
UN Women collaborated with Ali Xeeshan, a renowned Pakistani clothes designer, to develop a controversial piece worn by a child who walked down the ramp as the show stopper, in the finale of Bridal Couture Week 2017. Through this startling campaign, UN Women aims to make people aware of the issue of child marriages in Pakistan, their life-long implications and how to take preventive action in... more
The Seven Principles for Women's Empowerment, are a joint initiative of UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) and the UN Global Compact. These principles provide a set of guidelines to help companies focus on key elements integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community, through policy and action. Shazia Syed, Chairperson & CEO, Unilever Pakistan, highlighted, "The business case for gender equality and diversity has long been accepted as an integral part of organizations across... more
UN Women and the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) today brought together CEOs of numerous leading private sector companies to talk about cooperating to empower women in Pakistan's corporate sector. The dialogue on "Empowering Women for a Brighter Tomorrow" ended with 58 of the companies voicing their agreement to support the OICCI Women Initiative to promote gender equality in line with the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles... more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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