Girls Learn Women Earn

December 01, 2019-March 10, 2020


GLWE: December 1, 2019 - March 10, 2020
Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood’s address during the launch event for Girls Learn, Women Earn at Quaid-e-Azam University.
World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, Illango Patchamuthu, at the Girls Learn, Women Earn launch event at Quaid-e-Azam University.
World Bank Global Director for Education, Jaime Saavedra, discusses the key challenges of ‘Learning Poverty’ in Pakistan.
Shehzad Roy, President of Zindagi Trust, discussing actions that can be taken in Pakistan to support girls’ education.
Panel discussion. Left to right: Tazeen Fasih, Lead Human Development Economist, World Bank; Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi; Umbreen Arif, Advisor to the Minister for Education; Cristian Aedo, Practice Manager for Education, World Bank.
Operations Manager, World Bank Pakistan, Melinda Good, at the Girls Learn, Women Earn launch event at Quaid-e-Azam University.
The Girls Learn, Women Earn launch event continued with a roundtable session on women’s economic empowerment, at Quaid-e-Azam University.
The Girls Learn, Women Earn Launch event continued with a roundtable session on women’s economic empowerment, at Quaid-e-Azam University.
Parliamentary Secretary for Law & Justice, Maleeka Bokhari, opens the roundtable session on women’s economic empowerment at Quaid-e-Azam University.
Partners from government and the private sector joined in discussions at the Girls Learn, Women Earn roundtable session on women’s economic empowerment, at Quaid-e-Azam University.
Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Program, discusses social protection as a key factor in women’s economic empowerment.
Federal Ombudsperson for the Protection Against Harassment Kashmala Tariq addresses the roundtable on women’s enablement in the workplace.

At the World Bank we are committed to supporting women and girls with the breadth of impact in our projects and within our staff. We are proud that as of 2019, 44 percent of our Islamabad office workforce is female, represented at all levels. Equal gender representation is our goal.

We also hope to create more awareness about the importance of educating girls and increasing women in the labor force through a national 100-day awareness, advocacy and actions campaign.

The first part of the campaign (Dec 1- Jan 19) will focus on building advocacy and creating awareness about the campaign and the second (Jan 20- March 9) will focus on action to impact women labor force participation  or girls’ education.

  • Girls Learn, Women Earn (GLWE) is a call to action platform to prioritize Girls’ Education & Women’s Economic Empowerment in Pakistan. The World Bank aims to create more awareness, advocacy and action to help girls excel in education and women to thrive in the workplace, through the GLWE 100-day action initiative.

    The GLWE initiative is a platform, convened by the World Bank, for partners to collaborate and submit their actions on two key priority areas; Girls Education and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

    The campaign is divided into two parts – the first part consists of organizations signing up to be a part of the campaign through a simple registration process (deadline extended to January 20). In the registration process, the organization must mention the actions they have taken between March 2019 – November 2019 that address one of the Pillars below.

    Once registered, the organization has till March 1 to take actions in any of the areas that Pillars (1-7) describes below. The template for submitting these actions will be available on this website on February 1, 2020.

    Who can sign up?

    Any organization (Government, Private, SME, Education sector, Skills sector, NGO etc.) may submit actions they have taken between International Women’s Day 2019 and November 2019 as prior actions to support girls & women in these areas. Upon registration, we invite partners to pledge actions and commitments they will take as an organization between December 2019 and March 1, 2020.

    Institutions and organizations that submit actions during the 100-day campaign will be eligible for recognition as a GLWE Champion. As GLWE Champions, partners will be invited to showcase their work at the International Women’s Day event on March 10, 2020.

    How to register

    To take part in the 100 days of action, please register your organization by January 20 via the link. Forms to submit actions will be available from February 1 and will be open until March 1. On March 1, organizations must submit their actions via the online link.

    Actions may be taken across one or more of the following pillars. Actions may include but are not restricted to the guidelines below. In the submission forms organizations may add in more Pillars that they have worked on but are relevant to GLWE.

    Pillar 1: Getting to School

    There are 22.8 million out-of-school children in Pakistan, of which 53% are girls, according to the latest published data in the Pakistan Education Statistics, 2016-17 Report (AEPAM, 2018).

    Every additional year of schooling for a girl is estimated to increase her future earnings by 7.9% on average according to recent research (Jamal, 2015).

    For e.g. What is your institution/organization doing to support more girls’ access to education? This could be through enabling transportation, providing subsidies, support programs or other methods.

    Pillar 2: Getting to Work

    Female labor force participation in Pakistan is currently at 26% and it is our shared commitment to increase this to 45% by 2047.

    For e.g. Is your institution/organization supporting female employees to get to work – e.g. providing transportation, subsidies for women to purchase vehicles to get to work, subsidizing public transportation or private cabs? Do you have practices in place that promote easier access for women?

    Pillar 3: Access to Quality/Salaried Jobs

    In Pakistan, the gender wage gap is 43.8 % - the highest in the world in monthly earnings (ILO Global Wage Report, 2018/19).

    For e.g. Does your organization have practices in place to support equal pay for men and women in your organization, balanced gender representation, fair recruitment processes that consider merit-based vs. quota-based hiring?  

    Pillar 4: Workplace Environment

    For e.g. Does your organization provide women-friendly facilities, adequate maternity leave, options for day-care? Has your office implemented laws/policies to enable women in the workplace, (the protection against harassment of women at the workplace 2010, etc.)? Do you have reporting mechanisms in place against office harassment, and do employees benefit from gender sensitive training?

    Pillar 5: Career Development

    The share of women employed in senior and middle management across Pakistan is 4% (ILO 2013). There is a 90% gap between men and women attaining managerial positions in Pakistan (WEF 2018).

    For e.g. What is the percentage of women in leadership roles in your organization? Do you provide vocational training or support skills courses/programs for women employees?

    Pillar 6: Entrepreneurship

    There are only 1% women entrepreneurs in Pakistan (GEM 2012). Global Economic Output would increase by up to $28 trillion by 2025 if women were to participate in the economy at the same rate as men (IFC 2016).

    For e.g. Are the women employees in your organization paid electronically via bank account? What are you doing to promote access to financial inclusion for women?

    Pillar 7: Policy Level

    Globally, for reforming economies (with more gender equal laws), female labor force participation went up by 0.70%, while for non-reforming economies, it only went up by 0.21%. More women join the workforce overall in economies that are reforming towards gender equality (Women Business and Law 2019).

    Has your office implemented laws/policies to enable women in the workplace? What practices do you have in place to ensure gender balance and support for women employees?

    Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020

  • How to be a GLWE champion?

    Any institution can sign up to be a champion, provided they meet the registration criteria, which has been set by an independent panel of advisors. Once registered, the partner organization must participate in the following:

    • Advocacy: As advocacy champions, embrace the GLWE initiative and socialize the message.
    • Awareness: Commit to creating awareness amongst institutions, organizations & communities.
    • Actions: Actions taken toward an impact on girl’s education and/or women’s labor force participation.


    Last Updated: Jan 09, 2020

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  • January 20: Sign up to participate in the recognition event
  • February 1: Form to submit action steps available
  • February 20 : Human Capital Summit in Islamabad: Announcement of achievements
  • March 1: Final day to submit action steps
  • March 10: Recognition ceremony following International Women’s Day