September 2022 marked the seventh anniversary of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted in September 2015. As a member of the United Nations (UN), Pakistan is strongly committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its national development agenda in 2016. The principle thrust of the agenda is to “leave no one behind;” with Goal 5, in particular, focusing on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
During the last few years, Pakistan has made significant progress in terms of investing in various programs and initiatives that support gender equality. However, there are still many hurdles that prohibit women from achieving complete autonomy in the country, such as lack of education, mobility, financial awareness, and many others. These challenges have been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened pre-existing gender inequality gaps for the worse. Pakistan’s performance on global gender development indices reflects this reality, such as its 153rd position out of 156 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.
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Authored by Ms. Ghania Usman | CSS Exam Desk | Daily Times