National and International Commitments

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Pakistan is a member of the United Nations and is a party to the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.

Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women

In 1985, Pakistan became a party to the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women.

ICPD, ICESCR and ICCPR

Pakistan is a signatory of the ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development), ICESCR (International Covenant on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights) and ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). These international agendas contain important clauses with respect to gender equality.

Vienna Declaration

In 1993, Pakistan recognized that "women's rights are human rights" in the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action.

Beijing Declaration

Pakistan became a signatory of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995.

CEDAW

In 1996, Pakistan ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. A presentation on the implementation of CEDAW can be found here.

GSP Plus Status

Pakistan was given the GSP+ status in the Generalised Scheme of Preferences by the EU. This is a scheme of tariff preferences which makes Pakistan's trade with EU conditional to an unqualified commitment for ratification and implementation of 27 international conventions.

National Plan of Action and National Policy on Development and Empowerment of Women

At the national level, Pakistan undertook two commitments - National Plan of Action for Women in 1998 and National Policy on the Development and Empowerment of Women 2002.