UN Women

UN Women_logo_blueAreas of support:

  • Women’s human rights and governance
  • Women’s economic empowerment
  • Preventing violence against women and girls
  • Women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction and management
  • Strengthening One UN coordination on gender equality commitments

Women’s human rights and governance: UN Women works with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, national and provincial women organizations and key partners to adopt and implement pro-women legislation. UN Women provides technical assistance and enhances the capacity of the Election Commission of Pakistan to increase women’s political leadership and participation as voters, candidates and administrators. UN Women enhances the capacity of regional Women Development Departments and CEDAW Provincial Committees to deliver on international and national gender equality commitments and to integrate these into local laws, policies and frameworks.

Women’s economic empowerment: UN Women is enhancing economic empowerment opportunities for women, especially of those who are most excluded. Through the provision of technical assistance to the government departments, UN Women is working for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies, including the Home-Based Workers Policies and the Social Protection Policy and plans, to recognize and empower informal women workers into formal waged employment, and provide access to social security services and social protection. UN Women is also providing technical assistance to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to ensure gender responsive national and specialized surveys.

Preventing violence against women and girls: UN Women advocates and provides technical assistance to parliamentarians, civil society, women’s groups and other institutions to advocate for legislative reviews, increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence, promote the need for changing norms and behaviour of men and boys, and strengthen coordination among actors for sustained and meaningful action. UN Women works closely with the National Commission on the Status of Women, provincial Women Development Departments and other key partners to implement laws, policies and strategies that address ending all forms of gender based violence.

Women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction and management: UN Women provides technical support to the national, provincial and district level disaster management authorities (and their gender and child cells) to adopt and implement gender responsive policies and plans to respond to the needs of women and girls, and increase their representation in policy discourse around preparedness, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation. UN Women builds women’s participation and influence in decision-making and recovery efforts to achieve and sustain peace, including women’s engagement in all aspects of peacebuilding and mediation.

Strengthening One UN coordination on gender equality commitments: UN Women places women’s human rights at the centre of all its efforts and in ensuring that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. UN Women leads and coordinates efforts of the UN system in their work around a well-coordinated response to uphold gender equality and basic human rights, and reduce gender- and social justice-related exclusions and inequalities faced by the people of Pakistan.

Mr. Jamshed Kazi , Country Representative of UN Women in Pakistan

Jamshed Kazi - UNWOMENPrior to assuming his current job, Mr. Jamshed Kazi was Director a.i. of UNDP’s Global Policy Centre (Oslo Governance Centre) in Norway. From 2010-2014, he was global Practice Manager of the Democratic Governance portfolio at UNDP headquarters. He has also worked for UNV, UNDP in Ethiopia and Lao PDR, UNESCAP, UNEP and IUCN – The World Conservation Union.

A national of Bangladesh, Mr. Kazi holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration, Development Studies, and Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and International Development.