The People’s Government believes in women’s protection and empowerment and has
taken several significant steps to ensure equal participation of the women folk
in all walks of life in line with the PPP manifesto.
Pakistani women have long been subjected to discrimination, harassment and
biased trial. It was the first women Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir
Bhutto who courageously mainstreamed gender issues into Pakistan politics.
Above all, I want to be remembered for what I did for women. My identity comes
ultimately from being a woman, and I felt that my life has to make a difference
to the lives of other women. So in terms of population control or in term of
exposing domestic violence or in terms of permitting women easy access to credit
to start business of their own, I have always done my best to allow women to
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto
During the last four years, the Parliament has passed 24 bills concerning
women which include the establishment of autonomous and fully empowered epic
National Commission on the status of women and
National Commission on Human Rights.
The women’s honour, security and rights have further been protected with
the enactment of:-
Anti-Women Practice Bill and
The Criminal Code Amendment Bill, 2011 commonly
called the Acid Crimes Bill.
Women representation in the decision making has been re-affirmed by the
passage of the Delimitation of Constituencies.
Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University Act, NUML Act and the National
Vocational and Technical Training Commission Act, 2011 have guaranteed women’s
inclusion & promotion in key academic, research, and vocational institutions.
The year 2011-12 will be truly remembered as the year of empowerment for
Statistics reveal that nearly 80% of all agricultural work in our country
is done by women. However, less than one fourth have any access to education,
health, better living and equal wages despite working for an average of 16 hours
The United Nations has set the theme of this year’s Women’s Day as
“Empower Rural Woman—End Hunger and Poverty, this points towards some very basic
and critical issues for an agro-based economy like Pakistan.
The government has focused on the empowerment of these rural women who
have been subjected to continued violation of the basic rights. The Benazir
Income Support Programe is one such key project, which has emerged as the
world’s largest government cash transfer initiative amongst women. This scheme
is also targeting women agriculturists by providing them soft loans and
technical assistance to develop their farms on modern footing.
What is more, the worsening impact on the plight of rural women by the
devastating floods of recent years have made it all the more important that,
their concerns must be addressed on priority basis while devising any future
crisis management policy.
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act was moved in the Parliament in
2008 and enacted in 2010. The law adopted by the National Assembly on 04 Aug,
2009 provides a whole process to invite police cognizance and the legal
processes to ultimately punish the offender.
The Protection against Harassment of Women at Work Place Act, 2009 was
passed to ensure the dignity of working women by providing them legal
The Government has facilitated working women through the Criminal Law
(Amendment) Bill, 2009 adopted by the National Assembly on 04 Nov, 2009 to
protect women at Public places.
Today, women are seen at the helm of affairs everywhere and contributing
a lot to the progress and prosperity of the country. Dr. Fehmida Mirza has been
elected as the first woman speaker of the National Assembly with the highest
number of women Parliamentarians who tabled 84 Private Member Bills out of 145.
Women have been allowed to join fields like Armed Forces, Police Service etc
which were provisionally considered the exclusive domain of men only.
The Government has also initiated a land allotment policy whereby land
will be allotted to women peasants. Ten percent quota has been fixed for female
candidates in the Central Superior Services. The President has approved a scheme
to give Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah Award and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto awards
to outstanding women in different fields of life.
The President promised that by the end of the tenure of this Parliament,
the women will have all those rights which are now exclusively enjoyed by men
“The world needs the gentle touch of women. Let us mobilize the collective power
of women to help make our country, the region and the world more tolerant and
secure for all”.
|Sr. No ||Date
||Act Title |
Thursday, 8th March, 2012
The National Commission on the Status of Women Bill, 2012
Friday, 30th December, 2011
The Women In Distress And Detention Fund (Amendment) Act 2011
Monday, 26th December, 2011
Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Act, 2011
Monday, 26th December, 2011
Criminal Law (Third Amendment) Act, 2011
Tuesday, 9th March, 2010
The Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010
Saturday, 30th January, 2010
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2010