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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

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

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

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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