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A fatwa was issed against me; they condemned me for normalizing obscenity and indecency among women by persuading them to come out of their homes. … I said, ‘You should also give a fatwa against Hazrat Khadija (the first wife of Prophet Muhammad) because she was also a trader.’ “God has not made us as weak as we have made ourselves.”
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“Society as a whole should standup and protect women against harassment,” the president told a national seminar on protection of women against harassment, adding it is our religious duty. “Harassment cannot end only with legislation but with collective effort of society”He also said that we have a similar duty to respect women’s full property rights, which unfortunately is not protected in some parts of the country.
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PESHAWAR: Women Parliamentary Caucus Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (WPC-KP) and UN Women Pakistan today launched a report on “Gap Analysis of Legislation related to Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)” to provide an in-depth analysis of the normative, implementation and monitoring gaps in the legislative framework of the province and to identify and document gaps in the existing provincial legal framework and implementation process.
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To experience another woman's life through a 60-seconds documentary can be a revelatory experience, if crafted and narrated well. The Izhar by Film Fellowship (IBFF), an initiative of Morango Films, with support from UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) held a screening ceremony of the top 25 short films produced by trainees from across Pakistan who participated in the first-ever fellowship program on the social and...
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The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) was convened by the United Nations (UN) in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, where Member States (including Pakistan) gathered to support efforts to better assist some 100 million people in need each year. With over 60 million displaced people in the world compared to 37 million a decade ago, demands on the humanitarian system are growing every year. With more than one thousand commitments,...
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Women and girls are agents of change in crisis situations and can offer rich and first hand perspectives of how they are affected by and are able to respond to disasters, emergencies, displacement, social reconstruction and stabilization. The journey of local women and girls affected by complex emergencies, natural disasters, and humanitarian displacement in Pakistan was showcased by UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) under its...
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Did you know that Pakistani men on average spend five per cent of their income on transport while Pakistani women on average spend 50 per cent of their income on commuting to and from work? On top of this, the Pakistani woman faces harassment and inconvenience on a daily basis when using public transportation. According to the International Labour Organization, barely one fifth of Pakistan’s...
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UN Women expresses its deep shock and sorrow at the death of Irfan Khudi Ali, a member of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Pakistan, in the Quetta bomb blast on 10 January, in which over a hundred people were killed and scores more seriously injured. We join the members of the Civil Society Advisory Group in jointly expressing our deepest condolences to Irfan’s family for this tragic loss and that of his brother-in-law. Our thoughts for an early recovery are also with his injured brother.
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Women all over the world are often marginalized and unaware of their right to have a passport, driver’s license and the crucial right to vote. These rights empower women, and give them a voice in society. Often they are uninformed of the processes, for example how to and register to vote and their political voice remains unheard. In Pakistan now, this is changing.
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ISLAMABAD, 2 October 2012 – Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights and UN Women signed a five-year partnership agreement intended to support legislative reform and reporting for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights.
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A diverse group of sixteen women’s rights advocates and champions for gender equality have been selected for UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group in Pakistan. The members, both female and male, will meet in mid-August for the group’s first meeting.
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Women in Pakistan have faced formidable challenges in their efforts to achieve gender equality and address gender-based violence in their country, with particular problems posed by elements among customary norms and practices.
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Rural women constitute one-fourth of the world’s population, and their contributions are vital to the well-being of communities, economies, and the achievement of all development goals. During the opening day of the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday 27 February, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet called for robust policies to remove the barriers that prevent rural women from reaching their full potential and ensure their rights.
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The Pakistan Senate unanimously approved the “National Commission on the Status of Women Bill 2012″ to protect women’s rights against every kind of discrimination, strengthening the Commission by giving it financial and administrative autonomy through an independent Secretariat.