CSW 68 consultation KPK, 22nd January 2024

The National Commission for the Status of Women organized a seminar in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, engaging the provincial government, members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter of the commission, civil society, government officials, and consortium partners UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women, and UNFPA. This event is part of the preparation for the report to be presented at the United Nations CSW's 68th session from March 11th to 22nd, focusing on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions with a gender perspective. Chairperson NCSW, Ms. Nilofre Bakhtiar, emphasized creating inclusive solutions for gender-related issues, particularly economic empowerment and poverty eradication. She highlighted the belief that education, technical support, and financial assistance can empower women to uplift communities and eliminate poverty. The integrated approach towards gender equality can combat discrimination, gender-based violence, improve health outcomes, and strengthen societies through enhanced economic empowerment.
Chief guest Governor KP, Haji Ghulam Ali, addressed the persistent challenge of gender inequality rooted in cultural norms and societal expectations. He stressed the state's responsibility to meet the needs of the substantial female population and acknowledged positive shifts, with conservative communities seeking educational opportunities. The governor expressed encouragement for Pakistani women breaking the glass ceiling, enrolling in educational institutes, and making a visible impact across various spheres of life. He highlighted the need for initiatives and policies fostering a safe and conducive environment for women's contributions to national economic growth.