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Engendering policing in Pakistan

Police is the first respondent to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG). Their attitude and response can have a dramatic impact on developments, including the prevention of future violent acts and the protection of victims. The basis of Gender Responsive Policing (GRP) is an organisational …

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A question of honour

Despite Pakistan being the first country in South Asia to make sexual harassment a legally punishable crime in 2010, patriarchal social ideals of ‘proper feminine behaviour’—predetermined for women—actively discourage the victims from seeking justice. The ‘Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010’ defines sexual harassment as, “any unwelcome sexual …

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Promoting gender equality

Provisional results of the newly conducted census reveal that there are 106.45 million men, 101.31 million women and 10,418 transgenders in Pakistan. It is obvious that there are 5 million less women than men and points to the phenomena of “missing women” as theorized by Amartya Sen in political economy …

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Triple talaq and rising fundamentalism

The judgment of the Supreme Court of India is harsh and unequivocal. There could be no compromise on the basics of the Indian Constitution, freedom to women and men to lead their lives as they wanted. I wish the Muslim community had accepted the bar on triple talaq, which goes against …

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Women urged to forge unity

Aafia Movement Pakistan leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui has urged the Pakistani women to forge unity and solidarity for realization of their due rights. In a statement here Saturday on the occasion of the international day of the gender equality, she said in Pakistan women face a lot of problems. They …

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Pakistan Women Festival begins

A three-day festival focusing on women of Pakistan, with a determination to commemorate the achievements of women and acknowledge the special status they deserved in society was held yesterday at a local marquee in Karachi. Divided into two sets of panel discussions, every day, the event was hosted by Shenaz …

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UN adviser stresses on gender equality in workplace

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson here on Monday welcomed Australian gender equality advocate Elizabeth Broderick (AO) to Pakistan on a visit to engage business leaders on promoting gender equality in the workplace. Ms Broderick, a former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-15), is the Global Co-Chair of UN Global …

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Breastfeeding and SDGs

More than 150 countries of the world are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week from first to seventh August. This year’s theme is ‘sustaining breastfeeding together’ and links achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to breastfeeding. However, to achieve those goals, all the stakeholders need to work together. The WHO recommends exclusive …

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Farzana speaks on gender parity in Pakistan

Recognising the role of women in political empowerment, the Centre for Career Education (ECCE) invited Asia Institute of Public Policy President Farzana Yaqoob to Czech Republic where she delivered a speech on the state of gender parity in Pakistan at a ceremony held in Prague on Saturday. The ECCE is …

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Ignorance: complicit in gender crimes

Women in Pakistan are victims of a manufactured social ignorance — the kind of ignorance that escapes the boundaries of gender and promotes beliefs in fabricated notions of honour and prestige. It borrows from the status of women as independent human beings and degrades them to a sub existence level …

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