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UNESCO commemorates International Women's Day
8th March, 2013 in Islamabad

Islamabad - 8 March 2013: UNESCO in collaboration with UN-Women, UN Inter-Agency Group on Gender Equality (IAG on GE) and Islamabad College for Girls, organized an event to commemorate International Women's Day 2013 at Islamabad College for Girls.

The theme for this year is "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women". Read more...

 Press Release
 DG Message on the occasion of International Women's Day

UN Adolescent Girls Task Force

The United Nations Adolescent Girls Task Force (UN AGTF) was established in 2007 in partnership with the UN Foundation. The impetus for this Group is simple: the UN agencies recognized that one agency alone cannot adequately address the multi-sectoral needs of adolescent girls, yet together greater impact can be made. In March 2010 during the 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, as a result of 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000), the Task Force launched a UN Joint Statement for Accelerated Efforts to Advance the Rights of Adolescent Girls signed by the heads of the six agencies to guide collective efforts with governments and partners. Read more...
 UN AGTF Advocacy Kit
 66th UNGA International Day of the Girl Child
 UN Joint Statement for advancing the Rights of adolescent Girls
 UN agencies Joint Framework on Adolescents Girls

UNESCO joins hands with NOKIA for Mobile Education Program

UNESCO has collaborated with Nokia to launch Mobile Learning Project for Teacher's Professional Development in Pakistan in the presence of senior government officials, Nokia representatives and UNESCO representatives.
As part of this program, UNESCO and Nokia are joining hands, where Nokia is providing its mobile phones and its application "Nokia Education Delivery (NED)" for UNESCO's project on ‘use of ICT for professional development of public school teachers' in remote areas. Read more...

National Consultation on Implementation of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

A National Consultation Seminar on Implementation of CRPD was held on 12th September, 2011 at Hotel Serena, Islamabad. The main topic of the seminar was "Inclusive Education/Literacy and barrier free
communication and information with special emphasis on Women with Disabilities". This National Consultation was jointly organized by UNESCO Islamabad and the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), Islamabad. Read more...

Providing Opportunities for Women and Disabled Youth in Rural Communities of Pakistan

UNESCO Islamabad is supporting 150 Community Learning Centres for rural female youth in Pakistan under ONE UN's Cross-Cutting Interventions on Gender Equality. Along with illiterate adult rural females, youth with disabilities has also been integrated in the programme.
Japan's leading Daily Newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun's team visited a Community Learning Centre in the outskirts of Lahore which is being run in collaboration with Pakistan Association for Adult/Continuing Education (PACADE), Lahore.
 Visit of Japanese Correspondent to Literacy Centres
 Providing Opportunities for Women English | Japanese

Director UNESCO Pakistan's visit to a Community Learning Centre in Mandi Bahauddin, 29th June, 2011

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director/Representative along with Mr. Dega Gurmessa, Administrative Officer and Mr. Fakhar-ud-din, Project Officer undertook an intraday field visit to Mandi Bahauddin on 29th June, 2011 and visited a Community Learning Centre established by BUNYAD Foundation with UNESCO support.
The CLC was located in the rural outskirts of District Mandi Bahauddin (Punjab Province). Director was briefed about the on-going activities of the CLC. Director met with the members of the CLC Management Committee and took keen interest in the literacy and vocational classes. This CLC was established three months ago and all learners were illiterate rural females, who are now moving towards becoming literate and quite capable of cutting and sewing the clothes as well. The learners showed their hand-made clothes and embroidery work to UNESCO team. The UNESCO team also visited one centre managed by BUNYAD Foundation in the rural area for out-of-school children of primary classes.
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Gender Equality Programme

Global prosperity and peace will only be achieved once the entire world's people are empowered to order their own lives and provide for themselves and their families. Societies where women are more equal stand a much greater chance of achieving the Millennium Goals by 2015.
Every single Goal is directly related to women's rights, and societies where women are not afforded equal rights as men can never achieve development in a sustainable manner.

Gender Equality is one of the Eight Millennium Development Goals.