WPC,UN Women ink MoU on Women Empowerment, Gender Equality

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ISLAMABAD

Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and UN Women on Thursday joined hands to work together for advancing the women’s empowerment and gender equality agenda, which is central to Pakistan’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Agreeing that the issue of child marriage needs a strong focus and efforts at all levels, both the entities stressed the most urgent need for consolidated and concerted action to curb child marriages from all parts of Pakistan through advocacy, awareness-raising and legislative reforms.

UN Women and WPC-NA were meeting at the National Assembly where MNA/Secretary WPC Munazza Hassan and Country Representative UN Women Pakistan Jamshed Kazi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality across Pakistan. The WPC is a cross-party forum of women parliamentarians who come together to work on an agreed agenda for women’s socio-economic empowerment and political participation in the country. UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Under the partnership, WPC will support the mandate of UN Women to attain broad-based consensus amongst all women parliamentarians for the socio-economic and political development of Pakistani women, and to enable women parliamentarians to work beyond and above party lines for advancing the women empowerment and gender equality agenda.

Secretary WPC Munazza Hassan said, child marriages issue lies at the core of efforts WPC has been doing to improve condition of women and girls. We will tap in each parliamentarian, male and female, to listen to their concerns around child marriages bill and address them. We want to get it passed unanimously, she stressed. Hassan appreciated UN Women for their commitment to help the government achieve targets of gender equality and SDGs.

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