Geographically and culturally Pakistan is very diverse, but violence against women is endemic, and widespread, cutting across all differences. It is found on streets and in homes, in offices and bedrooms. Gender-based violence in Pakistan includes domestic violence, rape, trafficking, honor killings, forced prostitution, public humiliation, incest, child marriages, and sexual harassment. Extreme forms of physical abuse include burning, acid throwing, physical mutilation and female infanticide. However it was not until the 1980s that violence was exposed to public scrutiny, and only in the Nineties did the issue gain acceptance, especially by the government. Gender-based violence both reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. It encompasses a wide range of human rights violations, including sexual abuse of children, rape, domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, trafficking of women and girls and several harmful traditional practices. Any one of these abuses can leave deep psychological scars, damage the health of women and girls in general, including their reproductive and sexual health, and in some instances, results in death.
NIDA-Pakistan coordinates global and national efforts to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance, and all its programmatic areas. Through our global network, we work to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families and communities. NIDA-Pakistan approaches include:
NIDA-Pakistan is committed to providing assistance that improves the lives of women, men and children. NIDA-Pakistan has a special interest in the advancement of women and is working to improve women's equality and empowerment. Not only because it is just, but because it is necessary for successful development.
It is important to engage the untapped energies and abilities of people, especially poor women, if lasting progress is to be made. Development providers must recognize the pervasive additional obstacles that poor women face and give serious attention to those impediments as road blocks not only to women but also to effective national development. Our programs provide women opportunities to better their health, education, and well-being has effects far beyond a single individual. A woman multiplies the impact of an investment in her future by extending benefits to the world around her, creating a better life for her family and building a strong community. To learn more about the importance of investing in women.