Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are critical to building stable, democratic societies; realizing human rights; furthering international peace and security; growing vibrant market economies; addressing pressing health and education challenges; and ensuring effective and sustainable development. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2014, Pakistan ranks 141 out of 142 countries worldwide. Large gaps continue to exist between men and women in health, education, politics, and economic
participation. Factors contributing to high inequalities for women include gender-based violence, restricted mobility, lack of education, little awareness of rights, lack of access to and ownership of resources and assets, and limited access to social services. USAID is working to narrow the gaps between men and women to promote a more prosperous, stable society in Pakistan.
Last updated: December 16, 2015