#BeatMe… I AM UNBEATABLE

UN Women Pakistan’s new ‘#BeatMe’ campaign brings an unconventional twist to advocacy on women’s rights. In a compelling paradox, the campaign showcases a woman inviting a man to beat her - but at things she is good at. The campaign, aims to inspire women to reaffirm that they are stronger than they are made to believe, and aims to shatter the perception that a woman is weak, taking her from someone who is ‘beatable’ to being ‘unbeatable’. 

Violence against women and girls is an infringement of human rights taking place with alarming frequency and severity not only in Pakistan but around the world sparking public outrage, though justice for victims tends to be more elusive.

The campaign mobilizes women and men to demand an end to violence against women, that affects at least 1 in 3 women and girls globally. It is a pandemic that must be stopped.

- See more at: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2016/11/beatme

Pakistan’s (Street) Children

Yeh watan tumhara hai, tum ho paasbaan is ke

To you belongs this country, and you are its sentinels

So run the lines of a popular patriotic jingle which articulates a responsibility that few Pakistanis would shy away from. However, it is equally true that the future of Pakistani children, and the future of this country, is being jeopardised daily in its bazaars and shopping centres, at its street signals and railway stations, while we, the sentinels, look on.

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United Nations in Pakistan organizes event on Transgender Rights 

“Transgender activists, government representatives, community representatives, diplomats and UN experts gathered on Thursday at the UN Information Centre to discuss the educational, economic and health issues facing the transgender community in Pakistan.

The event was jointly organized by the High Commission of Canada and UN Information Centre and was followed by the screening of documentary “Kumu Hina” which features the real story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian transgender.

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Breaking the barriers – Women Journalists in Balochistan

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December to commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. On this day, when individuals across the globe come together to reaffirm their support for the rights of others, UNESCO interviewed two women who have chosen to stand tall for their own rights. 

Seema Kamal and Sadia Jehangheer are both journalists from Balochistan, a province which ranks highest amongst its counterparts in terms of female illiteracy, unemployment, gender disparities and maternal mortality. Here the two women share their experience of fighting the odds to pursue their career of choice.

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25799580126_a996f7cc21_kPAKISTAN’S CHALLENGES: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015-2030

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets were formally adopted by the UN member states during the SDGs Summit at the UN on 25-27th September 2015. Pakistan is one of the first countries in the world to have adopted the SDGs through a unanimous resolution of the parliament. The 17 SDGs aim to leverage the linkages between economic development and human well-being to improve the situation of People (human development), Planet (environment), Prosperity (economic development and poverty alleviation), Peace (peaceful and tolerant societies) by 2030.

The Dawn newspaper is running a special series on the SDGs to explore the significance of achieving each one of them, and what it means for Pakistan.

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