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

The United Nations in Pakistan urges Government action to end “Honour Killings”

24 June 2016

The United Nations (UN) joins people across the country in strongly condemning the increasing number of killings in the so-called name of ‘honour’ and urges the Pakistani Government to prevent such killings and to bring those responsible to justice. “Every year, hundreds of women and girls are killed in Pakistan to protect family or community ‘honour’” said United Nations Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne. “But the large... more

Debrief by Pakistan’s Delegation to the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit

22 June 2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) was convened by the United Nations (UN) in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, where Member States (including Pakistan) gathered to support efforts to better assist some 100 million people in need each year. With over 60 million displaced people in the world compared to 37 million a decade ago, demands ons... more

Strengthening responses to safeguard the rights of vulnerable groups during disasters

22 June 2016

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) through support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen responses with focus on women and issues faced by them during and post disasters... more

Living my Dream

22 June 2016

Shahzadi Gulfam has had the pleasure of serving in 4 different UN peacekeeping missions. In August 2011 she was awarded the first-ever UN International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her many years of achievements including supervising 150 police officers conducting criminal investigations, and being the first female to represent Pakistan in... more

Honoring Pakistan's Peacekeepers - Serving the World for Peace

08 June 2016

Every year we commemorate the International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers on 29 May, paying tribute to those who served in UN peacekeeping operations and honoring those who lost their lives in the cause of global peace. This day - along with 5 June observed as Pakistan’s Peacekeepers Day in honour of 24 brave Pakistani soldiers who... more

Tales of Displacement and Survival by Ordinary People

02 June 2016

Women and girls are agents of change in crisis situations and can offer rich and first hand perspectives of how they are affected by and are able to respond to disasters, emergencies, displacement, social reconstruction and stabilization. The journey of local women and girls affected by complex emergencies, natural disasters, and humanitarian displacement in Pakistan was showcased... more

UN Women and the Aurat Foundation step it up for gender equality

24 May 2016

On 8 March 2016 a number of Pakistani women who have excelled in all walks of life were invited to a joint event by UN Women and the USAID supported Gender Equity Program (GEP) of the Aurat Foundation. The event marked the International Women’s Day and celebrated the achievement of ladies who have made Pakistan proud... 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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