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Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Brunei, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, South Sudan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"In 2013, the Sindh provincial assembly passed the Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act. The provinces of Balochistan and Punjab followed suit with similar legislation in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa passed its long-anticipated domestic violence law earlier this year. The law had been proposed earlier in 2012 but was delayed due to opposition from religious groups" (para 20).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Despite recent advancements in legislation, ground-level implementation has been scarce (of domestic violence laws). Many women’s rights organizations such as the Aurat Foundation are working tirelessly to raise awareness. According to Rahman, the country’s women protection laws are commendable but lack adequate oversight" (para 20).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"In 2020, 2,297 women experienced some form of violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, and acid attacks. The real number, however, is likely much higher because so few cases are reported" (para 18).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"Married women from low-income backgrounds have the highest rates of self immolation or suicide by burning in Pakistan. A study by the PIMS burn center reported a total of 75 female self-immolation patients in comparison to just 18 male patients over a two-year period" (para 4). "Systemic poverty, domestic violence, low literacy rates, and limited mental health services all increase the risk to self-destructive behaviors among women in Pakistan" (para 5). "Marital conflicts and domestic violence are often cited as triggers. A study measuring self-inflicted burns among 154 patients in Jamshoro, a rural district in the southern province of Sindh, indicated that 63 percent of female patients attempted suicide by...more
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'When women get so desperate and traumatized, they think this is the only option,” said Mehnaz Rahman, director of Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights NGO in Karachi. “There have been cases where women jumped into a lake or canal and committed suicide with their children'" (para 11).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"In 2020, 2,297 women experienced some form of violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, and acid attacks. The real number, however, is likely much higher because so few cases are reported" (para 18). "'I have seen cases where husbands, mother in-laws, or other family members have thrown acid on them, set fire to them, or thrown boiling water on them,' said Ali" (para 19).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

"A study by the PIMS burn center reported a total of 75 female self-immolation patients in comparison to just 18 male patients over a two-year period. Sixty-one percent of female patients were married, and a majority of them hailed from rural backgrounds with restricted access to education" (para 4). "Marital conflicts and domestic violence are often cited as triggers. A study measuring self-inflicted burns among 154 patients in Jamshoro, a rural district in the southern province of Sindh, indicated that 63 percent of female patients attempted suicide by burning in comparison to 37 percent of male patients. Most female patients reported “family quarrels and marital disharmony” as precipitating factors" (para...more
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Women who have been fighting against violence and Pakistan’s patriarchal system have faced attacks and abuse and been slapped with false blasphemy and vulgarity charges. The organisers of Aurat March, the annual women’s march to fight for women’s rights, have faced harassment by religious groups and the police" (para 13).
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Pakistani senator Sherry Rehman said a recent implosion of violence against women suggested the problem was worsening in Pakistan. “Most cases are mostly either ignored, buried or brushed aside in the patriarchal culture of silencing the victim,” she said" (para 8).
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Police in Pakistan have opened cases against hundreds of unidentified men after a young woman was sexually assaulted and groped by a crowd of more than 400 men in a park in Lahore as she made a TikTok video. The shocking assault was captured on several videos, which went viral and showed a mob descend on the woman as she was in Lahore’s Greater Iqbal park making a TikTok video with friends.In broad daylight, the men picked up the young woman and tossed her between them, tearing her clothes and assaulting and groping her. The woman registered a case against 300 to 400 unidentified persons with Lahore police, according to...more
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"A female student at the National College of Arts in Lahore, requesting anonymity, said the women of Pakistan lived in fear of being groped or assaulted, and being blamed for any attacks. 'I have to think twice as to what I should wear before going out just so I don’t come off as provocative in front of my [taxi] driver. Now going out for work has become an extreme sport, because you must think twice and you can’t be careless at any point' (para 16).
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"In July, Khan’s government was criticised by rights activists when news surfaced that it had sent the domestic violence protection and prevention bill 2021, designed to offer protection to women under threat from domestic violence, to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for review. The body, made up entirely of men, examines laws to ensure they align with the values and rules of Islam. Last week, the CII criticised the bill and shared its concerns over 'un-Islamic injunctions' and said it would destroy the institution of the family" (para 13-14).
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Police in Pakistan have opened cases against hundreds of unidentified men after a young woman was sexually assaulted and groped by a crowd of more than 400 men in a park in Lahore as she made a TikTok video. The shocking assault was captured on several videos, which went viral and showed a mob descend on the woman as she was in Lahore’s Greater Iqbal park making a TikTok video with friends. In broad daylight, the men picked up the young woman and tossed her between them, tearing her clothes and assaulting and groping her" (para 1-2).
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Police in Pakistan have opened cases against hundreds of unidentified men after a young woman was sexually assaulted and groped by a crowd of more than 400 men in a park in Lahore as she made a TikTok video. The shocking assault was captured on several videos, which went viral and showed a mob descend on the woman as she was in Lahore’s Greater Iqbal park making a TikTok video with friends" (para 1-2). "Pakistan is the sixth most dangerous country in the world for women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Karachi-based organisation War Against Rape estimated that less than 3% of rape cases lead to convictions" (para...more
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The footage prompted a wave of disgust and anger in Pakistan. The country’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, said arrests were being made. Some perpetrators have been identified through CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. Chaudhry said: 'We are working on it full throttle. Prime minister has taken notice also.” Activists, politicians, celebrities, Amnesty International and people across Pakistan expressed their anger over the assault. The chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said the incident should 'shame every Pakistani' and that it 'speaks to a rot in our society'. The Pakistani singer Farhan Saeed said he was 'disgusted, furious, heartbroken, ashamed that the men of this country keep doing...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"In Pakistan, much of society nurtures the traditional belief that the ideal woman is quiet, unopinionated and keeps her life private for the safety and honour of her family. Yet, thousands of ordinary Pakistani women, such as Dananeer, are breaking these tropes on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok by sharing their lives, and opinions, with openness on public accounts" (para 3). "Mahvish Ahmad is a 36-year-old content creator and mother of two, based in Rotterdam. She shares styling videos and life lessons on her Instagram account @mahvishahmad. 'The first time I casually shared that my husband is going to feed the kids and manage their bath time while I go see...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"...There are dozens of Pakistani female influencers, each with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube. These women are friendly and opinionated — but they have to be brave too, because online public spaces are just as hostile to women as physical public spaces are in Pakistan" (para 4). "Being a journalist, I too have had public social media accounts since 2010 but, for years, I didn’t share my private life online. Despite that, I still received abuse online, mostly for airing my opinions..." (para 7). "Founder of the 250,000-strong Facebook group Soul Sisters of Pakistan, Kanwal Ahmed’s Instagram account @Kanwalful has close to 60,000 followers. She rarely uses...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Dananeer went from having 100,000 followers to a million in a week. While her video has mostly received a positive response, she did receive some abusive online comments as well, seemingly for daring to openly enjoy life as a single woman" (para 2). "Their boldness to do so might bother some, but their vulnerability resonates with many more. There are dozens of Pakistani female influencers, each with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube. These women are friendly and opinionated — but they have to be brave too, because online public spaces are just as hostile to women as physical public spaces are in Pakistan" (para 4). "'Soul Sisters...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Karachi-based Anam Hakeem runs an Instagram account called @GirlWithaGreenPassport where she shares tips on travelling solo in Pakistan and abroad. 'I knew when I was starting this account that it would be from the lens of a middle-class girl who is from a third-world country that makes it difficult for her to travel, where the concept of a mehram is deeply entrenched,' she explains. 'The account is about me being brave and it should inspire other girls and show men that women can do these things.' While most Pakistani public spaces are designed with gender segregation in mind, social media platforms aren’t designed to pander to such a notion" (para...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"When 19-year-old Dananeer Mobeen uploaded a four-second video on her Instagram account, showing her friends and her having a 'pawri' (party) in Nathiagali, she knew it was meme-worthy. What she didn’t know was that it would become so viral that it would lead to tens of thousands of remakes in Pakistan and across the border, with celebrities and businesses adopting her iconic 'pawri ho ri hai' line. Dananeer went from having 100,000 followers to a million in a week. While her video has mostly received a positive response, she did receive some abusive online comments as well, seemingly for daring to openly enjoy life as a single woman. In Pakistan,...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"...DRF is a research-based, feminist NGO that aims to understand and better the digital rights landscape of Pakistan, with a special focus on how women interact with and access technology" (para 38).
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"When 19-year-old Dananeer Mobeen uploaded a four-second video on her Instagram account, showing her friends and her having a 'pawri' (party) in Nathiagali, she knew it was meme-worthy. What she didn’t know was that it would become so viral that it would lead to tens of thousands of remakes in Pakistan and across the border, with celebrities and businesses adopting her iconic 'pawri ho ri hai' line. Dananeer went from having 100,000 followers to a million in a week. While her video has mostly received a positive response, she did receive some abusive online comments as well, seemingly for daring to openly enjoy life as a single woman. In Pakistan,...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: WAM-LAW-1

"While these female influencers are careful about their online safety, they also have to reckon with Section 37 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), which delegates powers to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority 'to remove or block or issue directions for removal or blocking of access to 'content that violates or affects religious, cultural, ethnic sensitivities, of Pakistan.' The language used in this act is a cause for concern for these influencers. 'I have never shared my religious or political opinion in depth because I don’t feel safe to do so,' says Anam. 'As a creator, one should always be respectful and not offend people, but everyone should have...more
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"In Pakistan, much of society nurtures the traditional belief that the ideal woman is quiet, unopinionated and keeps her life private for the safety and honour of her family. Yet, thousands of ordinary Pakistani women, such as Dananeer, are breaking these tropes on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok by sharing their lives, and opinions, with openness on public accounts" (para 3).
Sept. 22, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"On 7 September 2020, a woman was gang-raped in front of her children on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway. The incident sparked a public outrage amongst the populace of Pakistan, with calls for public hangings. Though initially the conviction process was drenched in victim-blaming and incompetence, recently, the Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced the abusers to death and life imprisonment. Yet, little influence has been witnessed in the sexual assault ratio of Pakistan, since deterioration in cases has not been observed. Proving how, despite calls of public-hangings, the womenfolk of Pakistan is unsafe. The uncanny essence of Pakistani society is that women are under the consistent menace of sexual assault, yet there...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"On 7 September 2020, a woman was gang-raped in front of her children on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway. The incident sparked a public outrage amongst the populace of Pakistan, with calls for public hangings. Though initially the conviction process was drenched in victim-blaming and incompetence, recently, the Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced the abusers to death and life imprisonment. Yet, little influence has been witnessed in the sexual assault ratio of Pakistan, since deterioration in cases has not been observed. Proving how, despite calls of public-hangings, the womenfolk of Pakistan is unsafe" (para 1). "Pakistan emerged on the grounds of providing Muslims and remaining deprived minorities of British India with a...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The harsh reality is that; harassment threats directly challenge the potential of young Pakistani girls. Numerous individuals refuse to procure education and execute jobs due to the realm of harassment possibility; as, harassers can linger in the form of professors, employers, religious teachers, and numerous other possibilities. With that said, changing the mindset of a conservative society, and educating potential rapists can be a slow and gradual process. Public hangings are exceedingly inefficient too, there is underreporting of data, and police corruption prevails widely. Henceforth, it is crucial to generate preventive conversations with adolescents at a young age. The fact of the matter is that children can encounter predators in...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The uncanny essence of Pakistani society is that women are under the consistent menace of sexual assault, yet there is a persistent disgrace affiliated with initiating conversations penetrating towards its prevention. The traces of this stigma can be associated with misinterpreting religious texts and deep-rooted exploitative cultural norms. However, there is a critical need for destigmatizing sexual assault conversations; as prevention-orientated strategies can be discussed and implemented by adolescent females. With ignorance on such topics, they are subject to predators cashing on their vulnerability and absence of awareness" (para 2). "...According to Sahil’s 2019 annual report, approximately 10 children are sexually assaulted in Pakistan on a daily basis. In addition,...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"On 7 September 2020, a woman was gang-raped in front of her children on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway. The incident sparked a public outrage amongst the populace of Pakistan, with calls for public hangings. Though initially the conviction process was drenched in victim-blaming and incompetence, recently, the Lahore anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced the abusers to death and life imprisonment. Yet, little influence has been witnessed in the sexual assault ratio of Pakistan, since deterioration in cases has not been observed. Proving how, despite calls of public-hangings, the womenfolk of Pakistan is unsafe" (para 1).