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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

Rashida Patel
This book is for those who are concerned with the deteriorating situation of women in Pakistan and wish to obtain an overview of the legal and practical changes which have been introduced to improve their condition. A critical analysis of the continuous and increasing misinterpretations of the principles of Islam through legal acceptance is presented. Several references to laws which have been recently changed and have an effect on women’s lives have been added, including alterations to the Criminal Procedure Code 1898 and Pakistan Penal Code 1860, such as the introduction of the death penalty for gang-rape. In my activities as a lawyer and a social worker … I have come across several women who have been hurt. Their silent, voiceless suffering of callous injustices aroused my emotions. I felt a strong need to analyse the situation and the manner in which justice and equity, both social and legal can change women’s lives. I was moved to write this book as I felt I had the advantage of education, knowledge and experience to present the related issues.
Author Description

Rashida Mohammad Hussain Patel was an eminent lawyer, an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and an active member of the legal fraternity. She was among Pakistan’s foremost leaders for reforms and a human rights activist. She wrote five books, namely Women and Law in Pakistan, Pakistani Aurat ki Qanooni wa Samaji Hasiat, Islamisation of Laws in Pakistan, Socio Economic Political Status of Women, and Woman Versus Man: Socio-Legal Gender Inequality in Pakistan. She also published several articles on law and human rights and presented papers at national and international conferences. She was deeply concerned with the conditions of life of the underprivileged and worked for the uplift of the status of women in Pakistan. She held important offices in government and non-governmental organizations. She was the Standing Counsel for the Government of Pakistan and Chairperson of the Pakistan Women’s Legal Rights Committee—appointed by the Government of Pakistan—to recommend legal reforms. She was the Vice President of the All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) for a long period. She was elected to the Sindh Bar Council and was the elected Vice President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association. She was the Founder Life Patron of Pakistan Women Lawyers’ Association (PAWLA) in which capacity she oversaw the legal aid and awareness projects and formulated reforms for PAWLA’s law reforms activities.

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ISBN 9780195478815
Weight in kg 0.535
Rights World
Year of Publication 2010
Binding Hardback
Pages 308 pages

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