Gap Analysis of Legislation Related to Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW)

This report documents lacunas in the existing legal framework and implementation process over the years. The thorough analysis that underpins this critically reflective document also subsumes the perspectives of the provincial public functionaries and stakeholders. It premises on an in-depth legal review followed by Technical Consultative Workshops and participatory brainstorming sessions to ensure full participation of a diverse range of stakeholders; hence it reflects the ground realities.

Contextualizing EVAW laws within the international law framework of CEDAW and SDG Goal 5 has been the starting point for this analysis. By elaborating upon the Concluding Observations of UN Committees, the Gap Analysis provides an indication of the progress made in harmonizing domestic laws with international rights framework. Important milestones in this regard include the promulgation by the Federal Parliament of the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act 2018 and Hindu Marriage Act 2017; deterrence against forced disenfranchisement of women during elections in the Election Act 2017; provincial legislation for autonomous Commissions on the Status of Women; and the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court in National Commission on the Status of Women and Others Versus Government of Pakistan declaring jirgas to be unconstitutional.

The Gap Analysis is structured into:

  1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa EVAW Laws
  2. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Laws relating to Discrimination and Women Rights
  3. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa EVAW Laws: Monitoring and Information Gaps

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific; Pakistan

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Laws, legislation; Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 84