Women’s Voice and Leadership – Pakistan

Development Project

Women’s Voice and Leadership – Pakistan

Strengthening the leadership of local women's rights organizations in Pakistan to increase women and girls' enjoyment of human rights

The Situation

In Pakistan, women and girls are among the most vulnerable to having their human rights violated. Those who are part of other marginalized groups face further discrimination.

Although Pakistan's constitution calls for equality, rights, and protection for all, human rights violations remain a major concern.

The women's rights movement in the country has reached a critical point, with organizations and movements facing shrinking spaces to organize. Many organizations lack the resources, capacity, and autonomy to drive change agendas. Moreover, there is a pressing need for more platforms that encourage collaboration and collective action for women's rights organizations.

The Women's Voice and Leadership Program is a worldwide initiative by Global Affairs Canada to support local and regional women's organizations and movements seeking to empower women and girls, advance the protection of women's and girls' rights and achieve gender equality.



5 years (2019-2024)

Lire la description du programme en français (PDF).

This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada, and the generous Canadian public.

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Issues at a Glance

What realities do women and girls face in Pakistan?

Gender parity in Pakistan is the fifth lowest in the world, ranking 142th out of the 146 countries ranked by the Global Gender Gap Index 2023.
The percentage of girls who marry before they turn 18.
The UN's 2022 Human Development Index ranks Pakistan 161 out of 191 countries.

What are we doing?


Providing core funding, capacity strengthening and further developing women’s leadership.


Supporting women's rights organizations to develop and implement initiatives and campaigns that protect and advance women's rights.


Bolstering women's rights alliances and networks to advance a feminist agenda.

What have we achieved so far?

Oxfam works alongside women’s rights organizations to strengthen the leadership of women and women's rights organizations in Pakistan, to increase the relevance of women’s rights programming and advocacy work and to strengthen women’s rights networks and alliances. Together, these efforts are addressing human rights violations against women and girls and advance gender equality in Pakistan.

Using a strategic combination of funding and capacity strengthening, Oxfam supports women’s rights organizations to be better managed and more self-sustaining. This ensures they can deliver programming that better meets the needs of women and girls.

The project is also improving the ability of women’s rights organizations and activists to work together more effectively toward gender-transformative policies.

Our project partners

Support women and girls in Pakistan to advance their human rights.

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