Development Matters - UNDP Pakistan Newsletter December 2016

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Implementing the Gender Seal in the Pakistan Country Office

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a whole is supporting various governments in implementing the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme. This initiative aims to ensure that development interventions address women empowerment and gender equality issues, as well as create equitable conditions for women and men in the workplace, both of which are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Certainly, the Pakistan Country Office has made significant strides in gender-related work in Pakistan. Efforts to implement the fifth SDG goal to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” are visible in the country programme across its thematic areas in about 30 projects and programmes.

For instance, the Youth Employment Project has trained over 3,200 young women in garment-related vocations and helped 1,600 of them obtain gainful employment. The FATA Transition and Recovery Programme has helped form 120 women community networks, provided 193 women livelihood grants and trained almost 2,000 in demand-driven skills. The Strengthening Rule of Law project worked with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to establish severely-needed women desks in Malakand’s 18 model Police stations that have so far benefitted some 476 local women. And the Strengthening Electoral and Legislative Processes project established women’s parliamentary caucuses in Balochistan and KP, training 60 women participants in parliamentary procedures and budgeting.

These examples illustrate UNDP’s commitment and steady progress towards achieving women empowerment and gender equality.

To reducing inequalities in paid employment.

And to ending discrimination in public decision making.

This commitment must, and is beginning to take, a front seat in UNDP itself. Already, gender practices are incorporated across all programme/project stages, including design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Reporting, too, requires gender perspectives, both positive and negative, showing gender-disaggregated results, and coordinating with gender focal points in the field.

We are also improving our online presence in terms of women-related works, showcasing impressive stories from the field, telling the tale of brave women facing off against cultural pressures, and training women to become earning members of the economy, thereby strengthening it. The colloquialism, “that’s just good business” is appropriate here.

The Gender Seal takes the very same view. It states:

“…the Seal represents a company strategy that equates striving for gender equality with good business. Ending discriminatory practices in the workplace not only has multiple benefits for the companies, but it is essential to building stronger economies.” (UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean).

In the same vein, it cites the International Monetary Fund, stating that achieving gender equity can potentially increase national GDPs by 34 percent.

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Ignacio Artaza
Country Director

Implementing the Gender Seal in the Pakistan Country Office

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a whole is supporting various governments in implementing the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme. This initiative aims to ensure that development interventions address women empowerment and gender equality issues, as well as create equitable conditions for women and men in the workplace, both of which are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Certainly, the Pakistan Country Office has made significant strides in gender-related work in Pakistan.

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