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UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tractors and dump trucks busily transporting material for a coal-fired power plant bustle amid the softly sweeping sand dunes of the sprawling Thar desert, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Powering her orange dump truck, Rukhsana, 37, seems unstoppable in making a mark in this male-dominated field: “Through this driving training, I gained the strength and courage to face the world. Initially, I got a lot of criticism from my... More

UN Women Handicap International launch project to empower women with disabilities

Friday, August 31, 2018

UN Women Pakistan, a United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women, and Handicap International entered into a partnership to work together to increase the recognition of persons with disabilities (PWDs) as rights holders, decrease vulnerability, stigma and discrimination associated with disability, increase the capacity of Disable Persons Organizations (DPOs) to help them generate evidence... More

Access to training and technology can help Pakistan’s rural women, UN Women study says

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rural women play a key role not only in ensuring income and food security for their households, but also in improving livelihoods and overall well-being in their communities. But their work is under-valued and they face big barriers in improving their own lives. On 19 July, UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women and supported by Canadian High Commission, released Rural Women in Pakistan: Status... More

From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah

Friday, June 22, 2018

Farming is all that I know, my only source of income. I first began working in the fields with my father when I was 10 years old and after that with my husband, to whom I was married off when I was 13. I became a widow nearly three years ago and have to support eight children—seven daughters and one son. I was landless with no entitlement to the crops or land where I work. It is really hard work especially the harsh summers we face. Being a woman,... More

The UK and UN launch Aawaz II — programme to empower and protect Pakistan’s youth, women and children

Thursday, May 24, 2018

United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide £ 17.25 million to the United Nations (UN) in Pakistan to implement a five-year (2018-22) programme, AAWAZ II, which will Empower and Protect Pakistan’s Youth, Women, Girls and Boys who are too often exploited and too often left behind. An agreement to this effect was signed today between Ms. Joanna Reid, Head of DFID... More

P&G announces a new initiative for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Pakistan

Monday, May 14, 2018

Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced the launch of its latest Gender Equality initiative under the P&G #WeSeeEqual program at a formal ceremony held in Karachi, reinforcing its commitment to contribute towards the economic empowerment of women in the country. Through its social cause programs, P&G has partnered with Health Oriented Preventive... More

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launches transport service for women in selected cities of KPK Province as funded by the Government of Japan and implementing partners UNOPS Country Office in Pakistan and UN Women

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Transport and Mass Transit Department has launched the ‘Sakura Women Bus Service’ with financial assistance from the Government of Japan along with technical implementing partnership with UNOPS and UN Women. With the aim of providing a public transport service safe to women and girls, a total of 14 buses have been procured. 7 buses will be allocated to each of the two districts of Mardan and Abbottabad. Although the... More

Radio and volunteerism empowers marginalized women in remote communities of Pakistan

Thursday, April 5, 2018

A joint radio project by UN Women and United Nations Volunteers is empowering both the volunteers who create the programmes and the marginalized communities that tune in. The "Community-focused Radio Project" engages women and youths in Quetta's Hazara and Khaizi communities in producing and broadcasting entertainment, informational and educational programmes for their communities. Participants in the 8 March celebration show their support... More

UN Women, World Bank and Women on Board Pakistan ring the bell at Pakistan's Stock Exchange to call for gender diversity

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Pakistan Stock Exchange, for the second year in a row, marked International Women's Day in a befitting manner. The exchange gave its floor to three leading gender diversity promoting organizations – UN Women, World Bank and Women on Board Pakistan – to "Ring the Bell" to support the cause of women's inclusiveness and equality in the business world... More

New research shows major efforts needed to enhance women's representation in Pakistan's civil service

Monday, March 12, 2018

Despite the country's favourable domestic legal framework and its international obligations, most of Pakistan's female civil servants are stuck at the bottom ranks of the bureaucracy because of sexist social attitudes, a new United Nations study has found. Gender Equality in Public Administration/2017: Pakistan Case Study was jointly... More

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