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.





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


Mainstreaming Framework

developed for the national SDG programme



attended legal awareness sessions in the Merged Areas


Protection Centre

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.


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