National Commission on the Status of Women

Govenrment of Pakistan

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The NCSW welcomes government's step to sign the convention on civil and political rights. NCSW hopes that implementation of this act will go a long

Nov 30, -0001

At the same time it urges the government to take into account the ground realities in the country where women are the victim of all kinds of violence for years. They are being denied rights to education, rights to food, and rights to freedom of expression. Domestic violence against (including torture, beating, shaving, amputation, murder attempts) cases have been shoot up. The government should enforce a new law to deal with domestic violence.
Acids throwing have become norm of the day for women in Pakistan. Culprits go unpunished and conviction rate for this heinous crime is very low. Insensitivity of the police, the importance given by the judiciary to minor contradictions and lapses in the prosecution's statements cause the offender's easy escape from conviction.
There is a gross violation of women’s right to life, right to physical and social safety/security, right to marital choice. The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan clearly gives equal fundamental rights to all citizens of the state, which can be applied and asserted in the area of marriage and family.
 Pakistan has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1996, still women continue to be commoditized-bartered for land or money, given as swara (compensation for murder/dispute settlement) or watta satta, women are abused, raped or murdered by close relatives. ‘Honor’ killing was once an unusual custom but has more recently evolved into a common practice in which men kill sisters, daughters, or other female family members to avenge dishonor.
 We strongly urge the Government of Pakistan to assume its full responsibility and to take immediate and comprehensive action to end all these violations and discriminations and promote and protect Women’s human rights at all the level. The representation of women in assemblies shall be brought at par with men, presently it is not even 33%. Pakistani Citizenship Act discriminatory against women, it negates gender equality,  that also needs to be amended as soon as possible so that a woman’s foreign husband could get Pakistani citizenship, like foreign women married to Pakistani men.

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