“The biggest achievement of the women’s movement has been the raising of awareness regarding discriminatory laws, and bringing a lot of issues of violence out into the open. Earlier, when the struggle began for women’s empowerment, issues of rape and incest couldn’t even be mentioned — but today, everyone is concerned. Research is being done on such issues, statistics collected and publicity generated.

“One of the most urgent gender issues that still continues pertains to the prevalent unequal social relations: these underlie discrimination of women, the denial of women’s inheritance rights, the curse of violence against them, their dishonour, abuse and killing, the denial of their basic rights and so much more.

“While there is no denying the fact that a lot remains to be done, progress has been made on many fronts. Laws must be made operational, and women need to be informed of all that is available to them under the law and they need to understand how they can access it.”

Opinion

Gaming LNG
Updated 05 Aug 2021

Gaming LNG

What looked like rank incompetence about a year ago is now beginning to smack of malfeasance.
Healing the spirit
05 Aug 2021

Healing the spirit

ROC medal winners could not hear their national anthem being played.
Returning to a repressive order
Updated 04 Aug 2021

Returning to a repressive order

There is no sign of the Taliban showing any flexibility in their position and taking a more moderate stance.

Editorial

A tragic anniversary
Updated 05 Aug 2021

A tragic anniversary

Attempts to change IOK's demography should end and India must open channels with the genuine Kashmiri leadership.
05 Aug 2021

Currency pressure

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05 Aug 2021

Protecting breastfeeding

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PML-N’s dilemma
Updated 04 Aug 2021

PML-N’s dilemma

The road ahead for the PML-N is going to be long and bumpy no matter which narrative it follows.
04 Aug 2021

Attacks on cops

AMIDST cautious optimism that Pakistan may be finally beginning to achieve success in bringing the number of polio...
04 Aug 2021

Myanmar about-face

SIX months into the coup that sent Myanmar’s hybrid civ-mil government packing, the generals have made their...