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Women in Pakistan
Transcript of Women in Pakistan
Dominant Language: Punjabi (48%)
Ethnic Groups: Punjabi (44.68%), Pashtun/Pathan (15.42%)
Official Religion: Muslim (95%)
July 2012 Est. Population:190,291,129
Government: Federal Republic
Divisions: 4 provinces, 1 territory, 1 capital territory
Legal System: Common law with Islamic law influence
Chief of State: President Asif Ali ZARDARI
Head of Government: Prime Minister S.Y.R. GILANI
Structure: Bicameral Parliament
Senate: 100 seats
National Assembly: 342 seats
Courts: Supreme Court, Federal Islamic/Sharia Court http://ilenwu.blogspot.com/2012/02/pakistan-passes-bill-against-domestic.html
http://www.islam-watch.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=493 Quick Facts About Pakistan Sources for Information Sources for Photos https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pk.html#top
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/438805/Pakistan/276108/Daily-life-and-social-customs Social Lives of Pakistanis Houses of those who practice purdah have a men's section (mardanah) in the front of the house so that visitors do not disturb the women, who are secluded in the women's section (zananah) in the rear. Oppression of Pakistani Women Non-Profit Organizations for Women The All Pakistan Women's Association (APWA) is on a mission to seek the improvement of the moral, social and economic status of the women and children in Pakistan. The Society for Women Empowerment is a non-profit organization, created by a college senior, focuses on helping battle the violence against Pakistani women. The Marshall Direct Fund is another organization that helps eliminate poverty among Pakistani women and girls. Cultural Differences The United States
Women are not oppressed
Women have multiple rights
Women can go to market places, walk on the streets, etc. without being accompanied by a male/mahram
Women can vote freely
Women are not forced into marriage
A "love marriage" (without parents' consent) is allowed and common
Women are able to choose what they want to wear
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Women are oppressed a lot
Women lack many basic rights
Women cannot walk around the streets without a male relative
Women are not permitted to vote
Women are forced into marriage
A "love marriage" is considered a sin and a crime
Women are forced to wear burqas and shawls Women are forced to wear the burqa and the head scarf
The women are not allowed to vote
Women, unless accompanied by a male family member, can not walk around outside the home.
Around 90% of women are subjected to violence by their husbands at home.
Young girls and women (12+ years) experience rape and sexual abuse very often.
Girls are forced into marriage by their parents because "love marriage" is considered a crime and a sin.
Girls and young women are not allowed to attend school.
If involved in a family or marriage conflict, girls/women are prone to acid-throwing attacks. Fakhra Y. was a 33-year old former dancer when her ex-husband, Bilal K. attacked her by pouring acid on her. On March 17, 2012, Fakhra committed suicide by jumping out of a sixth-floor building. She decided that life was no longer worth living after dozens of surgeries and treatment care. http://www.socialistalternative.org/news/article16.php?id=180 The typical Pakistani family is based strongly on a patriarchal system. The eldest male in a family (husband, uncle, father, etc.) is the leader and makes significant decisions regarding family members. The expections of women are to do house-chores and serve as a dutiful mother/wife. In some areas of Pakistan, women may work in the fields to provide vegetables and fruits for their families. Video about acid attack conquences