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Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In her remarks at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on all members of the community, including leaders, parents and educators to say no to child marriage. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director takes #HearMeToo to Pakistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, started her first official visit to Pakistan today, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The visit aims to bolster the gender equality agenda in the country. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Pakistan during the 16 Days of Activism

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is about to start her first official visit to Pakistan, from 5 to 7 December, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Her first stop will be an event to mark the 16 Days campaign in the district capital, Mithi, one of Pakistan’s most impoverished districts. More

UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Women in Thar, Sindh, Pakistan find economic empowerment and leadership opportunities in the workplace through dump truck driving. More

From where I stand: “I realized for the first time that female workers also have rights”

Monday, August 20, 2018

Aleeza Hafeez from Sialkot, one of Pakistan’s most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez’s father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members. More

Take Five: "We are seeking nothing more than our due share of services and opportunities"

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia. The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus of a two-year programme funded by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. More

Statement by UN Women on the passing of Asma Jahangir of Pakistan

Monday, February 12, 2018

UN Women is deeply saddened by the loss of Asma Jahangir, courageous feminist and inspirational human rights leader. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere and with all those working for a better world, for whom Asma will remain an inspiration. More

From where I stand: “Peace is not an overnight miracle. Everyone needs to contribute to build peace”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Saba Ismail started working on peacebuilding in Pakistan when she was 15 years old. The perceptions about young people is a major barrier to their engagement in peacebuilding, she says, as their work is not taken seriously. The heightened insecurity makes it even harder for young women. Still, she hopes to see diversities celebrated and everyone contributing to peace. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka congratulating the Government of Pakistan on passage of anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

With these bills, Pakistan joins a vital growing momentum around the world in the adoption of legislation explicitly protecting women’s and girls’ rights. More

Beating gender stereotypes in Pakistan with football

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hajra Khan made history when she became the first Pakistani female footballer to sign a contract to play abroad in the Maldives National Women’s League in 2014. In a society where gender stereotypes and cultural barriers prevent girls from participating in football, this is not a small win. More

From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Khateeja Mallah (Durdana), 31, is a widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO and ILO. More

Changing young women’s lives in Pakistan through football

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On 10 April, UN Women teamed up with Serena Hotels and hosted a match day to show how football is a powerful tool for social inclusion, gender equality and youth empowerment. More

Prime Minister of Pakistan: "There is no honour in honour killing"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has re-affirmed the Government of Pakistan's commitment to end discrimination and violence against women and girls, and the end the menace of honour killings prevalent in Pakistan. More

Pakistan’s Fiza Farhan appointed Member of the UN’s first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Friday, February 19, 2016

In an announcement this week Fiza Farhan from Pakistan was named Member of the first ever High-Level Panel of the UN Secretary-General on Women’s Economic Empowerment. More

Landless women farmers receive land tenancy for the first time in Pakistan

Friday, January 29, 2016

UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with local partners Baanhn Beli and Gorakh Foundation, is working with 1,214 vulnerable rural women farmers to acquire land tenancy rights from their feudal and tribal landholders. More

In Pakistan, UN Women appoints Muniba Mazari as first National Ambassador

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Photo: UN Women/Atif Mansoor Khan Islamabad, Pakistan - UN Women appointed artist-writer-singer-activist Muniba Mazari as its first National Ambassador to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The announcement was made in Islamabad, Pakistan during an event to mark the end of ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’. In her new role, Mazari will advocate for the UN Women’s initiative Step It Up for Gender Equality and other... More

Global Champions Programme unites and empowers women worldwide

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

People from all over the world have become advocates for women’s economic empowerment, participating in Empower Women’s Global Champions Programme. More

Press release: Closing the gender gap in education

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Empowering adolescent girls and young women through education is the aim – and the name – of a programme launched in New York today by UNESCO, UN Women, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

Thursday, December 11, 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

UN Women Executive Director applauds joint Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala, Kailash Satyarthi

Friday, October 10, 2014

In a statement, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the award is fitting as we celebrate Girl Child Day. She says Malala’s staunch and fearless advocacy has amplified the voices of girls who might otherwise remain unheard. More

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