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Gender Empowerment
Empowering women to participate in the economy is smart economics. Through the Dairy Project, women are developing livestock skills and earning income through extension services.
USAID Pakistan



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 2016, Pakistan ranks 143rd out of 144 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.


  • Provided health, legal, and counseling services to over 59,000 female survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Since 2010, awarded more than 6,000 scholarships for young women to attend college in Pakistan.
  • Provided health services to 9.4 million women and children.
  • Trained more than 13,000 women through the Dairy Project.
  • Facilitated national identity card registration for 496,000 women to promote voting rights

Last updated: December 11, 2017

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