Women's Empowerment

UNDP focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as human rights, but also because they are a pathway to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development.

Our Goals

We are working to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and Pakistan. We integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and climate change for sustainable development.

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Empowering Women

We integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and environment and climate change for sustainable development.

Our Stories of Change

  • Riffat Rehmani, presiding officer for the general elections, takes part in training of polling staff for presiding and assistant presiding officers. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Torsum Khan

    Women Presiding Officers Prepare for the General Elections

    "These elections are crucial for Pakistan's democracy. We will perform our duties honestly and with utmost determination. I hope the caretaker government supports us on 11 Maymore

Projects and Initiatives

Electoral Cycle Support to the Election Commission of Pakistan

The project was set up following a request by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the United Nations for electoral assistance. The project takes an electoral cycle approach supporting the periods before, during and after elections. The two phases of the project are Phase I: pre-elections and elections and Phase II: post-elections. more

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Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand

The project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectarian processes. Assistance is being provided for institutional and capacity development to rule of law institutions to ensure effective and speedy provision of justice and security services. more

Promoting Employment & Productivity in the Garment Industry

This project aims to increase incomes and employment opportunities for youth and women and enhanced productivity in the garment/home textiles industry. Policy research, capacity development of small and medium enterprises and institutional strengthening to support sustainable growth in the textile sector have been identified as focus areas for the project. more

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