To mark International Women’s Day in Pakistan, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency jointly organizes a number of activities with refugees, UN Women and other partners.
March 08 is a day celebrating the achievements of women globally and raising awareness about the importance of gender equality.
In recognition of the important role that women have played in the response to Covid-19, the theme of International Women’s Day in 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”.
UNHCR’s Representative in Pakistan, Noriko Yoshida, expressed her solidarity with all women, but particularly with refugee women in Pakistan, who are active in the service of their communities and bravely making a difference for all.
“Since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, until now, I have seen daily examples of women leading the way to deliver care in our communities.
Women working as doctors, nurses and also in other critical response services. Their bravery in the face of personal danger was and is inspiring.
Women not only play important roles in our communities, they are real heroes,” she said.
In Islamabad, UNHCR is holding a virtual event on the importance of mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic and in response the multiple ways it has impacted individuals and families.