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Working together to fight sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace with Provincial Offices of Ombudsperson
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Various studies have demonstrated that women are at risk of physical, emotional and financial abuse both within their households and in public spaces, which prevents them from unlocking their full potential in the social, economic and political spheres. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 5660 crimes were reported against women in 2017 and these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg, as VAWG is severely under-reported due to various factors such as illiteracy, fear, perception of dishonour and lack of resources to seek justice.
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[Press release] UN Women Pakistan has entered into an agreement with the Office of Ombudsperson Balochistan to work together in order to fight harassment of women at the workplace. Aisha Mukhtar, Deputy Country Representative UN Women Pakistan, and Sabira Islam, Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment Balochistan, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here at the Country Office of UN Women on Friday.
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A dowry consists of gifts, jewellery, cash or assets that the bride’s family is expected to give to the groom’s family at the time of marriage. When expectations are not met, the bride and her family often are subjected to harassment and violence despite several (poorly enforced) laws against the practice. A March 2016 story in Pakistan’s The News International said Pakistan has the highest per capita rate of dowry-related deaths in South Asia – about 2,000 Pakistanis suffer this fate every year. UN Women Pakistan’s social media campaign began in December 2018, in time for Pakistan’s winter wedding season.
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UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, started her first official visit to Pakistan today, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence . The visit aims to bolster the gender equality agenda in the country...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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International Women’s Day is a day Pakistan embraces with great enthusiasm where this enthusiasm acknowledges the important role reserved for women within the process towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UN Women in collaboration with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) celebrated the achievements of the local women and renewed pledges, at...
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Cyber violence is something that has troubled many of us as cyber harassment on-campus and off-campus is just as damaging to women as physical violence and abuse experienced at home and in public spaces. This new driver of potential harmful gender inequality, was reflected upon during a panel discussion held on 14 December 2016, by the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, in collaboration with UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and...
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Street theater performances held in public places and universities in Punjab - Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan – raised awareness on objectification of and violence towards women, female mobility in public spaces and recent laws and initiatives to protect and empower them. This initiative was undertaken by the Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit - Law and Order (SMU) in collaboration with UN Women as part of...
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The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is also a job for all of society. In working to highlight inequality and prejudice that enables and enflames violence and discrimination against women and girls in the Province of Punjab, the provincial...
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To inspire change, all women and men need to be independent to achieve their full potential. This means freedom from all forms of discrimination, freedom to pursue all opportunities, including education, freedom to earn and spend their own income, and freedom to follow the career paths they decide they want. In honoring Human Rights Defenders from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) an “Award Ceremony for Women Human Rights Defenders in KP &...
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UN Women and UNOPS (the United Nations Office for Project Services) signed a ‘UN2UN Agreement’ today to develop and pilot a transport service for women in the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with the generous support of the Government of Japan. A joint study on sexual harassment in public transport in the city of Peshawar, KP, conducted by UN Women and UNOPS in 2014, with...
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On Monday 5 December UN Volunteers (UNV) Pakistan commemorated the International Volunteer Day at the Balochistan Boy Scouts Hall, in Quetta, with young women, men, girls and boys. Under the theme ‘Global Applause: Give volunteers a hand’ approximately 200 participants came together and celebrated volunteerism at its best, with motivational speeches, an award ceremony, music by a local rock band, a theatre performance, a male Balochi dance and stalls...
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Every Wednesday Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs Channel airs a program called ‘Perspective’ highlighting the United Nations (UN) work in Pakistan. On Wednesday 30th of November, Mr. Neil Buhne, Resident Coordinator of UN Pakistan, Mr. Jamshed M Kazi, Country Representative of UN Women, and Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women, joined the program to put focus on the need for a proactive approach by the society to end...