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

11 October 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

19 July 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

21 June 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

26 April 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"

23 February 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

19 February 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

29 January 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

16 December 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

22 September 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

10 March 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

11 December 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

10 October 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

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the “Honour Killing” of Farzana Parveen in Lahore, Pakistan

29 May 2014

In a statement on the “Honour Killing” of Farzana Parveen in Lahore, Pakistan, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for justice for this crime that is “utterly without honour”. More

Press Release: New research reveals violence against women in politics rampant in South Asia

30 April 2014

Violence against women in politics is rampant in South Asia according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women. The study, ‘Violence against Women in Politics’ revealed that the insufficient implementation of laws, lack of support from police and judiciary, the socio-economic divide and current power structures are the major reasons for violence. More

A reflection on the First Women Bank of Pakistan and Benazir Income-Support Programme by Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri

18 March 2014

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a CSW58 side event on microfinance and empowerment of Pakistani women, organized by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan, New York, 18 March 2014. More

UN Women Executive Director urges stronger gender focus in post-2015 MDGs

24 September 2013

Remarks of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “MDG countdown 2013: Girls and women transforming societies” event in New York, 24 September 2013. More

Sharp increase of women voters in Pakistan’s recent elections

21 August 2013

Songs, TV commercials and dramas, coupled with voter education and community awareness-raising encouraged an historic 15 million Pakistani women to vote in Pakistan’s recent general elections. More

Ban Ki-moon meets with women parliamentarians in Pakistan

21 August 2013

Women law-makers convey the aspirations and concerns of Pakistani women to the UN Secretary-General at an event in Islamabad on 14 August More

At the UN, Malala Yousafzai celebrates birthday and education for all

12 July 2013

Pakistani education activist and violence survivor Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday on 12 July 2013, at United Nations headquarters by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education. More

Ensuring women’s rights through better public services

21 June 2013

As part of efforts to promote more accessible services for women and girls, UN Women has supported a special category of the UN Public Service Awards on “Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services.” Winners will be recognized 23 June at a ceremony in Bahrain. More

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