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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

Panel co-organized by UN Women discusses the multiple barriers to women getting justice

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In an effort to advocate improvements to women's access to justice, an in-depth panel discussion on "Women's Access to Justice: Ending Violence against Women (VAW)" was organized by UN Women in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institutes (SDPI). The discussion was held as part of the '20th Sustainable Development Conference'. The objective of the... More

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

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