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Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, secondary waves continue to unfurl across fragile economic and social landscapes, with the most devastating consequences for individuals and groups with pre-existing vulnerabilities. As lockdowns and restrictions persist, inequalities that underscore the pervasive impacts of the pandemic threaten to further exacerbate conditions for those most marginalized and vulnerable. Disproportionate increases in inequalities for women across health.
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This report was produced by the Asia-Pacific Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group (co-chaired by UN Women, CARE International and OCHA), Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility, and Voice. This work has been made possible by supplementary funding from the Government of Japan.
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The Young Women in Pakistan: Status Report 2020 seeks to address gaps in the information available and current situation of young women in Pakistan with a focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The Report draws on the framework of economic empowerment that is a consequence of the enabling environment and young women’s individual agency i.e. the ability to make choices and decisions for one-self. The analysis of young women’s economic participation and empowerment is done along three components: Enabling environment that supports young women’s economic empowerment, security, and rights through laws and policies and their reinforcement through institutions.