Gender-Based Violence in Pakistan - a Critical Analysis
CitationKhan, Umer S. 2020. Gender-Based Violence in Pakistan - a Critical Analysis. Master's thesis, Harvard Extension School.
AbstractOver the past seventy odd years since its independence, Pakistan has struggled in investing the right focus and resources towards improving its people’s lives. One particular challenge as part of this broader scheme of problems is gender-based violence.
Gender-based violence is a global menace. Although this problem has some common socio-economic root causes, each country has its own unique challenges as well. Pakistan faces high incidence of gender-based violence not only due to lack of education, poverty and lack of awareness but also because there are severe shortcomings when it comes to state priority that will drive the right cohesive effort to improve women’s lives. Secondly, all measures taken by civil society and non-governmental organizations are often frowned upon as liberal and anti-Islamic values and hence the society level support needed for the success of each remedial program is often found to be very weak.
This thesis explores the reason for gender-based violence in detail and underscores the effort already being taken in Pakistan with the realization that this effort is far from enough. The paper also explores unique actions being taken elsewhere in the world that can possibly be reapplied in Pakistan.
Finally, the paper demonstrates that there are two key areas which will have the significant impact on the fight against gender-based violence in Pakistan. The first is to channel the international concern into clear and result oriented political pressure on the Pakistani government in order to get all state level challenges in order. The second is to engage the clergy and Islamic scholars with clear accountability to drive public opinion against all forms of gender-based violence with supportive Islamic narrative.
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