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Women in Pakistani Politics
Women’s political participation is a part of women's empowerment all over the world, while women face barriers in political participation In Pakistan they still have a historical impact on the political aspect of Pakistan.
Girls: The Missing Foundational Structure
Education is one of the most important investments a country can make for its future as it ensures the next generation is prepared to inherit the country. However, many girls are left out of receiving education because of gender discrimination, poverty, lack of access to schools, among many other things.
There is no Honor in Honor Killing
(TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of violence against women) According to Pakistani rights activists, about 1,000 honor killings of women happen every year. Family honor is of high value in Pakistan. When honor is tainted, women often pay the price, sometimes at the hands of their own family members.
Independence is Also a Women’s Effort
When the fight for independence is discussed, men are usually praised and recognized as the founders of the nation. But, several women, although many times forgotten, contribute to the fight of independence and to the establishment of the country. As we celebrate independence day, let us take a look at the accomplishments of two Pakistani women, Fatima Jinnah and Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan, whose work still holds importance today.
(TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of Sexual Assault, Rape.) The Jirga system in Pakistan perpetuates gender based violence in Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The all male judicial council often orders child marriages and the rape of women to resolve disputes. The Pakistani government and civil society organizations need to do more to counter the tribal elders that inflict violence against women.
Laws are supposed to protect citizens from unjust treatment and violation of their rights. Despite the Child Marriage restraint Act of 1929 setting restrictions for when a young girl can can married, 18.3% of brides are under the age of 18 in Paksitan. The consequences of child marriage falls upon the bride as they facw many risks including domestic abuse and health issues. Girls fall victim to marriage as laws fail in protecting them due to the law being weakly enforced.
Female Lawyers: A Minority in a Male Dominated Career
Female Lawyers make up a minority in most parts of the world. In Pakistan female lawyers only make up about 5%. However, female minority is no coincidence, as there are many different components that contribute to the minority including, gender based expectations, sexual and emotional harassment, and gender discrimination.
Rights Deprivation from half the Population
Violence against women exists in a variety of different ways, including: physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and the deprivation of basic human rights. The 2021 Global Gender Gap Index Report by the World Economic Forum ranked Pakistan 153 out of 156 countries, showing that there is a great need for reformation and the protection of women’s rights. Women make up about half the population but are denied the rights the other half of the population is granted.