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Empowered Pakistani Woman: An exchange of experience event with Women Parliamentary Caucuses and Parliamentarians

Friday, December 6, 2019

[Press release] “We cannot achieve gender equality without ending violence against women and girls. I would strongly recommend Women Parliamentary Caucuses (WPC) of National and Provincial Assemblies to review all existing laws and introduce amendments in bills for further improving legislation to safeguard women rights and end violence,” said Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser as the chief guest of an exchange of experience event.

In digital campaign, UN Women hits back at the scourge of dowry in Pakistan

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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.

14th Inter-Provincial Ministerial Group Meeting

Thursday, October 31, 2019

[Press release] Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Human Rights, Provincial Ministers, Secretaries of Women Development Departments (WDDs) and Chairpersons of National and Provincial Commissions on the Status of Women (CSW) resolved to expedite efforts for achieving gender equality and pursue women’s empowerment as the world is set to mark the 25th anniversary of Beijing Platform for Action – Beijing +25 – next year.

From Where I Stand: I can now provide for my children’s food and education

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“I was born to parents belonging to the lower middle class in a small village near Sialkot in north-eastern Pakistan. I lived a simple and peaceful life before marriage, but my ordeal started as soon as I stepped into my husband’s house. My husband was a drug addict who would expect from me to work and provide for his bad habits. I would work at home stitching working gloves, only to see my meagre income taken away by my husband. I lived through constant humiliation, violence and dilemma for years. But I survived.

SCSW launches Sindh’s first strategic plan for women empowerment

Monday, October 7, 2019

[Press release] The Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) today launched Commission’s first ever three-year Strategic Plan, with support from UN Women Pakistan, outlining three strategic priorities including review of Sindh’s laws, rules, regulations, policies and programmes from gender perspective, ii) actions to end violence against women and girls, iii) and institutional capacity building of the SCSW.

UN Women Pakistan launches Essential Services Package for social services for women and girls subject to violence in Pakistan

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

[Press Release] UN Women today launched the Essential Service Package (ESP) in order to ensure that quality social services are provided to women and girls subject to violence in Pakistan. Essential Services Package (ESP) is a global joint programme of the United Nations on essential services for women and girls subject to violence. The aim of this programme is to provide greater access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectoral services for all women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence.

UN Women, Ombudsperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ink accord to fight sexual harassment at workplaces

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

[Press Release] UN Women Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Office of Ombudsperson Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for protection against sexual harassment of women at the workplace. Aisha Mukhtar, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan, and Rukhshanda Naz, first Ombudsperson of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, signed the MoU.

UN Women and WPC of National Assembly to work together for ending child marriages, gender disparity

Friday, May 17, 2019

[Press Release] UN Women and Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of the National Assembly of Pakistan on Thursday joined hands to work together for advancing the women’s empowerment and gender equality agenda, which is central to Pakistan’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Agreeing that the issue of child marriage needs a strong focus and efforts at all levels, both the entities stressed the most urgent need for consolidated and concerted action to curb child marriages from all parts of Pakistan through advocacy, awareness-raising and legislative reforms.

UN Women, Provincial Women Parliamentary Caucus ink accord to end child marriages and women trafficking in KP

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

[Press release] UN Women and Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) signed yesterday evening (late evening of Monday), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality agenda in KP province. UN Women and WPC will make joint efforts for the promulgation and implementation of pro-women laws, with the first and foremost focus on awareness-raising and policy advocacy for legislation to end child marriages.

Norwegian delegation visits home based workers in Pakistan

Thursday, May 9, 2019

In Pakistan, women from marginalized social classes face multiple challenges and are often only able to work from home. Of the estimated 20 million Home-Based Workers (HBWs) in Pakistan, 12 million are women, and according to UN Women’s Status Report 2016 on Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment in Pakistan, women account for 65 per cent of the PKR 400 billion (USD 2.8 billion) that HBWs contribute to Pakistan’s economy.

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