GENDER EQUALITY & WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Shaping the future
Women participation in all areas of society is essential to make big and lasting change not only for themselves, but for all people. Women and girls make up a disproportionate share of people in poverty, and are more likely to face hunger, violence, and the impacts of disaster and climate change. They are also more likely to be denied access to legal rights and basic services.
UNDP has the ability and responsibility to integrate gender equality into every aspect of our work. Gender equality and women empowerment is a guiding principle that applies to everything we do, collaborating with our partner countries to end gender-based violence, tackle climate change with women farmers, and advance female leadership in business and politics.
UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025, aligned with its Strategic Plan, guides UNDP in its efforts to assist countries in accelerating progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women over the next four years. It aims to move beyond piecemeal efforts and to instead help countries to shift power structures and the economic, social, and political systems that perpetuate discrimination.
Gender Equality Seal
The COVID pandemic had important gender dimensions, and previous advances towards gender equality have suffered. Despite the pandemic, in 2020, UNDP Pakistan was awarded bronze-level certification for the Gender Equality Seal, celebrating significant progress towards gender equality.
Amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic, it was thanks to our partners’ commitment and support that we maintained momentum in all of UNDP’s focus areas.
& 20 transgender participated in youth engagement and economic empowerment activities
developed for the national SDG programme
attended legal awareness sessions in the Merged Areas
established in Islamabad
in Balochistan received entrepreneurship training, & 25 women received vocational training
focusing on inequality, launched.
UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories to support our partners to adopt approaches, reform discriminatory laws, and design and implement public policies that advance gender equality and the empowerment of women as the foundation of achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals. We help governments to identify and address the gender dimensions of human development in areas such as poverty, governance, climate and crisis through its extended network of gender experts in five regions across the world.
Featured Stories & Publications
UNDP launches ambitious plan to speed up progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment
The new strategy puts gender equality at the heart of UNDP’s efforts to expand people’s choices and to realize a just and sustainable world
Womenomics: Women powering the economy of Pakistan
Women globally are moving into a growing space as innovators, entrepreneurs, startup founders, techies, businesswomen, as well as home-based workers.
Faces of Empowerment
This brochure contains photographs of some of the outstanding women that we have had the privilege of working with. This brochure is a homage to the strength, resilience, and optimism of the women of Pakistan.
Climate Equity: Women as Agents of Change
The report offers policy prescriptions for enhancing resilience and reducing vulnerability of women who depend on natural environments for livelihoods and sustenance.
Navigating the ecosystem: stories of Pakistani women in tech
Since 2019, UNDP Pakistan has been partnering with CIRCLE to support the annual She-Loves-Tech competition in Pakistan. She-Loves-Tech is the world’s largest start-up competition for women and technology.
Introducing customized high street fashion in Pakistan
Mehreen Khan, a 24-year-old accounting and finance graduate, was able to kickstart her high street fashion brand named Dawar even before finishing her degree. Living in outskirts of Islamabad, she launched her clothing business from her small three-bedroom house...
Empowerment through skill development: How Samina became the bread earner of the family
As a child, the now 26-year-old Samina dreamt of becoming a doctor. But she had to drop out of school in second grade as the school was far away from her home in Khyber District.
The Question of Identity
What is the bigger tragedy–never finding your true self or finding it and not being allowed to profess it? What is worse–not being acknowledged at all or having your existence derided?
Patchwork of prosperity
Like the rest of the rural areas of Pakistan, a large part of the population of Khairpur lives with limited economic opportunities. As literacy is not very high, they are unable to even capitalize on the opportunities available to them.
Passion for Tomorrow—Women on Wheels gaining freedom of movement
An empowered woman generally has mobility independence. Freedom of movement is one of the ways through which women can achieve economic independence. By training 400 women in Sindh to ride bikes, we are proud that we managed to do just that!