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A fatwa was issed against me; they condemned me for normalizing obscenity and indecency among women by persuading them to come out of their homes. … I said, ‘You should also give a fatwa against Hazrat Khadija (the first wife of Prophet Muhammad) because she was also a trader.’ “God has not made us as weak as we have made ourselves.”
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[Press release] Improving economic situation of women is beneficial to society as it accelerates developments and contributes to reducing poverty, said His Excellency Kjell-Gunnar Eriksen, Ambassador of Norway to Pakistan, at the dialogue on leaving no one behind – opportunities and challenges for promoting women’s economic empowerment (WEE) with focus on women with disabilities organized by UN Women Pakistan here on Tuesday.
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Women must have an equal voice in decisions about how to achieve prosperity and growth, about public service provision and policies that affect their lives. It is not only essential to the legitimacy of democratic systems, but also to good governance. Pakistan has made advances in women’s political participation. Currently, women make up just over 20 per cent of Pakistan’s National Assembly, a higher proportion than many...
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The Government of Denmark is the first donor, providing a grant of USD 1 million to support UN Women’s current Country Programme area promoting “Peace and Security, and humanitarian actions shaped by women’s leadership and participation”.
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The study, ‘Violence against Women in Politics’ revealed that the insufficient implementation of laws, lack of support from police and judiciary, the socio-economic divide and current power structures are the major reasons for violence.
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Songs, TV commercials and dramas, coupled with voter education and community awareness-raising encouraged an historic 15 million Pakistani women to vote in Pakistan’s recent general elections.
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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) agreed to implement measures to enhance the number of women participating in elections as voters, as candidates and as election staff as well as their effective role in elections at a national consultation supported by UN Women Pakistan.
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In light of Pakistan’s fourth periodic report to the CEDAW Committee in Geneva on 12 February, UN Women spoke to the recently appointed Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW).
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A young survivor spoke of her experiences in an audio message at the launch of UN Women’s flagship publication for 2011-12, Progress of the World’s Women: Access to Justice in Pakistan. The launch was an opportunity for policy makers, government officials, civil society, lawyers, doctors and police officers to examine access to justice for women in Pakistan and identify solutions to improve the existing situation.