Moving Forward with the Legal Empowerment of Women in Pakistan
After situating women’s legal rights in Pakistan, this Special Report reviews key features of recent legislation affecting women’s rights and explores the controversies surrounding this legislation. It also elaborates on ongoing challenges to develop further legislation, particularly in light of opposition from Islamist groups. While the legal empowerment of women in Pakistan has seen progress, far more must be done to enable the laws passed to be implemented, bring Pakistan into conformity with the goals and ideals of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and secure an environment where women in Pakistan have viable choices in their own lives.
© 2012 United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Anita M Weiss