Women Development Department was established on April 4, 2012 under Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2012 (PWEP) announced on International Women's Day on March 8, 2012. This policy document comprises multiple reforms in legal, administrative and institutional spheres while providing new initiatives to safeguard women's rights and is expected to transform the socio-economic status of women by expanding opportunities available to them. The newest self-contained administrative unit in the Punjab Secretariat, Women Development Department is mandated to lead the province towards Women Empowerment and Gender Equality following PWEP.