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Strategic Plan National Commission on the Status of Women 2022-25 & European Union Huqooq e Pakistan

Introduction. The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) is a federal statutory body set up in 2000. It is the outcome of Pakistan's Constitutional commitments as well as its international treaty commitments to empower women and safeguard their rights. In this regard, it has been granted a wide mandate which encompasses multiple ways and means to pursue its stipulated goals. Very concisely, it is envisioned lo be an objective observer and documenter of the status of women in the country, and an advocate, a facilitator, a watch dog, and a promoter of their rights. To date six Commissions have completed their terms and after an interregnum of almost two years the current Commission very recently started functioning under its newly appointed Chairperson. Given this disruption as well as constantly escalating challenges for women in a dynamic, evolving and often turbulent milieu, NCSW recognizes the need to reassess its optimal role in empowering women and protecting their rights. Therefore, it set out to reexamine its mandate, take stock of its past performance, reassess current challenges as well as expectations from stakeholders and public at large, particularly women from all quarters of society, take cognizance of its capacity and highlight the constraints, and determine as well as realign, as required, its priorities with a strategy to effectively meet clearly laid down goals. This Strategic Plan has been developed by NCSW with the active support of the Senior Strategic Process Expert of the Huqooq-e-Pakistan Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan Project (the 'Consultant'). It is envisioned to be an evolving document, intended to respond to changing circumstances whilst adhering to the core assumptions, assessments, and prescriptions that it puts forward.

COVID-19 Impact on Women with Special Focus on Access to GBV Services

As the Government of Pakistan has put together important economic and social measures to counteract the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is preparing its post-pandemic re-launch, COVID-19 represents an opportunity for Pakistan to address gender equality issues facing women and girls. A key barrier to addressing gender equality in the context of the pandemic, Gender Based Violence (GBV), already a phenomenon of concern, has been exacerbated by the crisis. This study, commissioned by NCSW and supported by UNFPA, provides an analysis of the intersection between the pandemic and gender-based violence and, an overview of the policy and service responses to address GBV in the context of the crisis. It was developed using a participatory approach based on current literature review and extensive consultations with key stakeholders from the Islamabad Capital Territory and the four provinces of Pakistan. The exercise examined and reviewed the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality, specifically on gender based violence, keeping in view rural-urban situations, government and civil society responses to GBV, gaps in services and examples of successful practices and innovative interventions devised by both Government departments and CSOs. At the time of the completion of this report, in Pakistan and globally, a third wave of the contagion continues to disrupt and claim human lives as well as challenge economies and social interactions.

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