Although women in Pakistan face particular challenges, more than one in every five people live on less than US$1.25 a day. This makes Pakistan the poorest country in south Asia and has led to widespread hunger and malnutrition.
High levels of poverty are compounded by frequent disasters including floods, droughts, earthquakes and conflict.
Young people in Pakistan
With one fifth of Pakistan’s population made up of young people aged between 15 and 24, creating opportunities the country’s youth to work their way out of poverty and lead healthy lives is essential.
Young women face particular challenges in Pakistan, often finding it hard to participate in income earning activities due to conservative cultural and religious values.
Our work in Pakistan
Y Care International works in Pakistan in partnership with Church World Service. We work together to support women in Umerkot district in Sindh Province – a particularly poor area of Pakistan – to earn more and have a say in their futures.
We involve both men and women in work to understand and address gender inequality. This ensures young women have the skills and confidence to speak up and claim their rights, and men respect them.