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Statement by UN Women on the passing of Asma Jahangir of Pakistan

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

UN Women is deeply saddened by the loss of Asma Jahangir, courageous feminist and inspirational human rights leader. Asma’s was a resonant voice in the world, advocating tirelessly for justice, equality and the human rights of all. We will miss her leadership and courage at this moment in time when strong voices are so needed to preserve all that we hold dear in humanity, plurality and peace. UN Women pays tribute to this fearless icon. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere and... More

Play featuring Pakistani women's rights advocate premieres in Pakistan

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The internationally acclaimed documentary play SEVEN is being performed in Pakistan for the first time and a special guest was in the audience: Mukhtar Mai, a gang rape survivor and women's rights activist featured in the play. SEVEN had its Pakistani premiere with a reading in English on 20 November at the Swedish Ambassador's residence in Islamabad. Readers on stage were Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary in the Ministry of Human Rights... More

Women Safety Audit Report on Public Transport in Lahore reveals challenges faced by women commuters

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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), the Punjab... More

Pakistani Men Pledge to Make Their Districts Violence-Free Zones for Women and Girls

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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

'The Bridal Uniform', a shocking piece at the HUM Bridal Couture Week highlights the problem of child marriages in Pakistan through a school uniform

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

Unilever Pakistan and UN Women collaborate for the Economic Empowerment of Women

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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 Pakistan's Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jointly Promote Gender Diversity in Companies

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

Together We Can: Building Strategic Alliances with Private sector

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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 Mr.... More

UN agencies join hands to expand services for survivors of gender-based violence in Pakistan

Monday, September 4, 2017

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

UN Women baseline study identifies gaps in services, justice delivery to women

Friday, August 25, 2017

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 of a project More

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