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Maria Mahmood has spent the past 13 years improving the Pakistani police force to respond to the needs of women and girls. She is the role model for many women police officers. Photo was taken on 13 March 2021 in Islamabad, Pakistan. "When I started working as a police officer, I thought the process was simple and just. But I was shocked to see the deep-rooted bias of a patriarchal police force. The criminal justice system is discriminatory, and also stigmatizes victims of violence and does not provide efficient support for them."
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In the early 2000s, suicidal attacks and explosions became a daily occurrence here in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, north-west Pakistan. Acts of violent extremism affected everyone in my community, be it socially, economically or psychologically. Young people got recruited into violent extremist organizations (VEOs).
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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...
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United Nations Country Team in Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms, the murderous attack on hundreds of people at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, mainly women and children. All people in Pakistan have the right to peaceful lives. Brutality such as that in Lahore contradicts that universal right. Our thoughts are with the Pakistani people, with the victims and their families.
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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide bombing on 27 March 2016 at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing at least 60 people and wounding over 100, including many women and children. The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of this appalling terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. He urges the Government to do its utmost to put in place protective measures to ensure the personal...
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The first female with disabilities from Pakistan to win the much sought after U.K. Government’s Chevening scholarship, Akram has continued to push for change,...
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The United Nations firmly condemns the on-going violence in the country, particularly the recent tragic events in Quetta, Karachi and this past weekend in Lahore, targeting especially religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan. The United Nations system in Pakistan joins the Secretary-General to convey heartfeltcondolences to the families of all the victims and to the people of Pakistan.