Gender inequality and disparities foster discrimination, social injustice, sub-optimal economic progress and deficient democracies. The discussion on six thematic areas shows that Gender inequality manifests itself in all aspects of human life such as Health, Education, Law and Order, Governance, Representation, and civic and individual rights. In order to promote gender equality, it is essential that the government take “affirmative action” such as those specified in the Punjab Women Empowerment Package (PWEP) 2012 and Punjab Women Empowerment Initiative (PWEI) 2014.
Such initiatives aim to strengthen the social, economic and political position of women in Punjab. This section provides implementation status of provisions contained both within the PWEP and PWEI as an effort to portray the real picture of the impact of these initiatives for the government, policy makers, implementation bodies etc.