“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you.We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within four walls of the house as prisoners.

I do not mean that we should imitate the evils of western life, but let us try to raise the status of our women according to our own Islamic ideals and standards.”


The Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab, is the principal planning organization at the provincial level. It coordinates and monitors development programs and activities of various departments of the provincial government. The department also prepares an overall  Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF) of development activities in the province. The MTDF lays down the development activities to be carried out in the province in various sectors of the provincial economy. In this manner the Planning & Development Department is one of the main actors in the growth of the economic potential of the province.


Gender Reform Action Plan (GRAP), Gender Mainstreaming
....Unit (GMU), P&D Punjab

GRAP stands for Gender Reform Action Plan. There are five GRAPs one for each province and one for the National/Federal level. In February, 2000, the Government of Pakistan requested the Asian Development Bank for technical assistance in preparing Gender Reform Programme to improve the framework of gender policies and to develop institutional reform proposals outlining interventions at the federal, provincial and district level, for a proactive approach to include gender perspectives in public sector policies, programmes and projects.  As a consequence, Gender Reform Programme was launched in August 2002.


Gender Mainstreaming in Planning & Development Department

Gender Mainstreaming in Planning & Development Department Project was a three-year initiative of United Nations Development Programme implemented in collaboration with Government of Punjab.

Basis of the project was gender mainstreaming framework developed after detailed deliberations with the stakeholders. The project was formulated in response to UN/ GOP's commitments towards mitigating gender disparities whilst incorporating gender perspectives in plans, policies and development programmes. The project was designed to contribute towards goal of building capacity of government officers to mainstream gender in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation of








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Fatima Jinnah
“You have to shoulder great responsibilities towards the betterment of your nation and therefor you have to equip yourselves for the task that lie ahead. ”
words for women
(Speech at SIR SYED GIRLS COLLEG Karachi, 1958)

Gender Disaggregated Statistics Punjab