Gilgit, 20 June 2022 (TDI): UN Women has collaborated with Soni Jawari Center for Public Policy GB (SJCPP) to support women of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan.

The Soni Jawari Center for Public Policy GB (SJCPP) is a newly formed Center for Developing Public Policies for the Betterment of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Future.

The Gilgit-Baltistan government’s initiatives to empower women and promote sustainable development at the rural level.

Firstly, UN Women Pakistan has collaborated with the National Counter Terrorism Authority Pakistan (NACTA) to educate government employees.

NACTA is the Government of Pakistan’s primary institute for combating increasing extremism through policy measures and, in particular, the participation of youth and women.

It focuses on how women may support or fight extremism and promote peace and tolerance among women and youths.

Secondly, the collaboration with NACTA is part of UN Women’s broad efforts – in religion, culture, women’s political involvement, and other areas.

Also, it helped establish a more peaceful society in Pakistan by expanding women’s participation and leadership.

Gilgit-Baltistan and UN Women

Gilgit-Baltistan has been mainly calm; however, there has been some sectarian conflict.
Social and cultural norms limit women’s access to fundamental rights and services, and these inequities are exacerbated in war and crisis circumstances.

Furthermore, Women will be absent from the basic decision-making forums. A critical step forward is to economically and socially empower local women.

UN Women is sponsoring a women-only marketplace in the Gilgit-Baltistan area through Soni Jawari, a public policy think tank,

In addition to this, this is increasing market access for women and establishing a safe environment for them to make revenue.

UN Women is working at different levels to promote women and young people as active agents of peace and stability to execute the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda (WPS).

As it strengthens its community-led approach, led by local women’s groups, and collaborates with government institutions and civil society organizations on policy issues.

It is aware of new and emerging threats such as violent extremism, climate change, emergencies such as COVID-19, and unprecedented and protracted refugee and humanitarian crises.

In conclusion, it maintains momentum and scales its best practices to guarantee that women and young people remain at the forefront of peace advocacy.

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