Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with sixty percent of its population under the age of thirty. A myriad of challenges including political instability, gender disparity, growing inequality, and disastrous effects of climate change face the country today. For the marginalized groups in Pakistan, this often means a lack of access to essential services and denial of their rights.
However, we recognize the opportunities available in Pakistan to achieve social justice, lasting peace and sustainable development. Together with our local partners, we are working to empower Pakistanis to create a future which is secure, just and free from poverty.
Saphiya, 32, poses for a portrait at a skill training institute that’s run from home in Shadipura, Lahore. Three skill-training institutes were set up by Oxfam in Pakistan in 2017 through local implementing partner homenet Pakistan. At these centres women who do not have a source of livelihood but are prevented from leaving their neighborhoods due to societal restrictions, can earn a living. In Lahore twenty women and girls are learning how to stitch. (Photo: Insiya Syed/Oxfam)
Oxfam's work in Pakistan
Oxfam has been working in Pakistan since 1973 to ensure that all its people – especially women and girls – are able to exercise their rights, and have access to basic services and economic resources.
We work with local groups, media, academia, private sector, think tanks and the government, to improve livelihoods, provide humanitarian aid, create safer communities and promote economic and gender justice. We support local partners and work with government authorities to improve the livelihoods of those living in poverty, and provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by disasters and conflict.
Campaigns on climate change, food security, and livelihoods
We push for safer worker conditions, fairer trade and wages for the poor, in order to build their resilience to climate change.
We work to end violence against women, girls, and sexual minorities. We take action to ensure their access to quality education and reproductive health services.
Humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction
Through our Saving Lives Now and in Future Programme, we provide humanitarian assistance during emergencies and prepare people for future disasters.
Through our Peace & Harmony Programme, we work towards achieving effective citizenry, participatory governance, and peaceful co-existence.
To be poor in a city is to experience a particular kind of vulnerability. Through our Urban Programme, we work with the urban poor in ensuring gender sensitivity and sustainable urban policy reforms.