Pakistan | ActionAid UK


  • 21
    21% of girls are married by their 18th birthday.
  • 45
    45% of adults can’t read and write.
  • 90
    The likelihood of water scarcity driven by climate change alone is as high as >90% in Pakistan.

There are more than five million children out of school in Pakistan – the second highest of any country – and only 63% of young women are able to read and write, compared with 78% of young men. 

Recurring natural hazards are also a major problem. The 2010 floods affected more than 20 million people, and climate change is increasing the severity of extreme weather such as droughts and tropical cyclones.

What we did in Pakistan before November 2018

We helped vulnerable groups including women, street children and people with disabilities by working with local governments to secure access to healthcare and clean water.

We campaigned for women to be able to inherit and control land so they can have economic independence, and we encouraged women to join our REFLECT circles, where they could learn to read and write. Members were also offered small loans, allowing them to start their own business ventures. 

To help eradicate forced child marriage we educated young girls and communities on its risks, and encouraged women to participate in meetings to ensure girls remain in school. We also lobbied government agencies to improve facilities in primary schools and campaign for school curriculums to include teaching on gender equality to both boys and girls.

How we changed lives for good in Pakistan

Read stories of women and girls we've helped.



Top image: Girls at ActionAid's women- and child-friendly space in Pakistan's Sindh province, where they have literacy classes, counselling, vocational training, and toys and books. Umar Farooq/ActionAid