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US Senate clears $200M for Gender Equality in Pakistan

Pakistan ranked 145 out of 146 on the gender equality index of World Economic Forum in Global Gender Gap Report 2022

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Thursday has passed a $1.7 trillion a comprehensive spending package for FY 2023. And it includes $200 million for promoting gender equality in Pakistan.

An omnibus bill is a single document that pieces together several measures into one. As well its the last piece of legislature to pass this year, it will fund the US federal government through September 2023. 

The package includes $858 billion for defence, $787bn for non-defence domestic programs and over $15bn for other programs.

In December 2020, the US congress cleared $10m for promoting gender equality and $15m for strengthening democracy in Pakistan. The $200m allotted for 2023 is a 20-fold increase from the 2020 allocation for Pakistan.

The authorization of funds for promoting gender equality programs, however, prohibits spending any of the $200m on abortions. Yet, this is a whopping increase in the last few years.

On the Global Gender Gap Report 2022 of the World Economic Forum, Pakistan ranked 145 out of 146 on the gender equality index.

Afghanistan was 146 and India 135 on the index. Bangladesh and Nepal lead regional performance with over 69 per cent of their gender gaps closed. Bangladesh was 71 and Nepal 96.

Zahra Sikandar
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