Gender Equality

Equal rights. Equal contributors.

Gender equality, centered in human rights, is both a development goal on its own and a critical factor for achieving sustainable development. It underlies one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda for Development – the concept of 'leaving no one behind'.

UNDP supports the government and civil society partners to empower women and achieve gender equality. In contributing to development for all Pakistanis, female or male, we work to guarantee that women participate in, and their voices are heard, across government institutions, civil society, the private sector and in UNDP itself. 

Gender equality is fundamental to a country’s development and essential to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Accordingly, we are guided by the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2014–2017, advancing the empowerment of women as we support countries in their efforts to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. Globally and in Pakistan, we integrate the experiences and needs of women into every aspect of our work.

UNDP supports partners to eliminate gender inequalities through targeted, gender-focused programmes and by working to ensure that all development efforts take into account the experiences, needs, and contributions of women. By removing structural barriers to gender equality and promoting women’s participation in the decisions that affect their lives, success in eradicating poverty and inequality, building resilience to disasters, climate change and conflict, and driving sustainable development can be achieved.

UNDP believes that the gender inequalities and discriminatory attitudes and practices that hold women back, must be confronted and eliminated, if we are to leave no one behind. In these efforts, UNDP works with governments and key UN partners, including UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF, as well as with civil society organizations, foundations, academia and the private sector.


Increasing women's access to justice

Women dormitories at the Regional Training Centre in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The women’s dormitory and childcare facility were established to enhance the capacity of women Police Officers in the province. Supported by the Government of KP and the leadership of the KP Police, the facility was completed in 2015 and the first basic recruit course is underway. Fourteen women Police personnel have completed RTC courses by the end of 2016.

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