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The United States Announces the U.S.-Pakistan Gender Equity Program

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 19, 2010


After the bilateral Strategic Dialogue meeting in Islamabad today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a new five-year, $40 million Gender Equity Program to be funded by USAID aimed at advancing women’s rights and empowerment in Pakistan by:
  • Expanding women’s access to justice;
  • Helping women exercise their rights in the workplace, community, and home;
  • Combating gender-based violence; and,
  • Strengthening the capacity of Pakistani organizations that advocate for gender equality, women’s empowerment and the elimination of gender-based violence.
The U.S. has already committed $12.5 million for this program and nationwide grant-making is expected to begin in August. Grantees will include non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, policy think tanks, academic research and training institutions, professional and business associations, media, civic advocacy organizations, civil society coalitions, as well as partnerships with relevant government or quasi-government entities addressing women’s equality and empowerment.

PRN: 2010/971


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