Gender Equality

1. Increasing Women’s Representation in Law: a historical Partnership with the Federal Ministry of Law and Justice and the Women In Law Network.

  • Under this project, a detailed baseline study was conducted to compile gender-disaggregated data to highlight and address the gender parity gap in the legal profession. This baseline report covered the judiciary, bar council leadership, advocates, and prosecutors.
  • Please click on the link below to read the report.
  • A one-stop dedicated digital portal and app titled, ‘LawyHER.pk’ was launched. The digital platform is a unique all-encompassing forum which includes amongst others, Information Desk, Networking Opportunities, Female Practitioner’s Directory, Discussion Forum, Historic Contributions of Women to Law, Interviews, and Updates, Useful Resources and other features to connect, celebrate and amplify the work and voices of women in law.
  • Women in Law Awards & Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion

The Federal Ministry of Law and Justice launched the Women in Law Awards and held the first ever symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Islamabad today. The event marks a key milestone of the collaboration between the MoL&J, Group Development Pakistan, and the Women in Law Initiative Pakistan for increasing women’s representation in law, with support from the Australian High Commission and the British High Commission.
The symposium on diversity and inclusion featured a panel talk on fair representation. The speakers included Hon’able Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal, Barrister Taimur Malik, Barrister Aneesa Agha and ASP Ayesha Gul.

Click on the following link to watch the panel discussion on fair representation:

The event also featured the launch of the first “Pakistan Journal of Diversity and Inclusion”.

Lastly, the symposium was followed by a Women in Law Awards ceremony to acknowledge brilliant and talented women in the legal profession. The event welcome the following patrons:
Barrister Maleeka Bukhari
Honorable Justice (R) Sheikh Azmat Saeed
Honorable Federal Minister of Law & Justice Dr. M. Farogh Naseem

Twenty-six candidates emerged as winners out of seventy-one nominees in eighteen categories. The jury members for the WIL awards included:
Her excellency Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Honorable Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal
Taimur Malik
Barrister Aneesa Agha
Advocate Navin Merchant

His excellency the Australian High Commissioner, Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, and the British High Commission Political Counsellor, Ms. Iona Thomas, graced the event.

Click on the following links to watch the patrons & guests of honour special addresses.

2. Increasing Women’s Leadership in Pakistan:

How does ensuring that women’s access to leadership positions in all spheres of life can contribute to a more peaceful & equitable society? Several great Pakistani women leaders share their experiences and tell you all about it! #RepresentationMatters