A Women Development Cell was established in the Planning & Development Department, Government of
Sindh in 1979.
The objective of this cell was
to address women's issues through an institutionalized
system in planning and development of Sindh.
In 1995 a separate Women Development Department was formed with a broader scope than the previously
established cell within the P&DD. However in 1998 the
Department was merged with the Social Welfare Department at
the secretariat level. In 2001 the Directorate of Women
Development was abolished and a Women Development Wing was
established under Directorate of Social Welfare. It was
later put under the control of Population Welfare
In 2003 a separate Women Development Department was
re-established with a strong mandate focussed towards
women's empowerment and gender equality