Messiage by the Minister
Womens Development Department
Women have an enormous impact on the well being of their families and societies - yet their potential is not realized because of discriminatory social norms, incentives and legal institutions. And while their status has improved in recent decades, gender inequalities remain pervasive. "Mainstreaming a gender perspective is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels. It is a strategy for making women's as well as men's concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal is to attain gender equality" - UN defination Equality of gender is recognized, accepted and guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan under Articles 25,27,34,35 and 37. Islam ensures equal rights to women but due to patriarchal cultural norms these rights are not realized. Pakistan is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has ratified the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We have also formulated a National Policy for Development and Empowerment of Women (NPDEW).