Pakistani Women Protest Outside the UNHRC Against Gender-related Violence

Pakistani Women Protest Outside the UNHRC Against Gender-related Violence

22/09/2016 0 Di puntoacapo

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Indian Muslim women shout anti-Pakistani slogans prior to an effigy of Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sheriff being set alight during a protest in Ahmedabad on September 21, 2016.  Protests across India have flared up after a terrorist attack on an Indian Army Camp by allegedly Pakistani trained and supported terrorists in India-administered Kashmir's Uri sector.  / AFP PHOTO / SAM PANTHAKY

AFP PHOTO / SAM PANTHAKY

Pakistani Women Protest Outside the UNHRC Against Gender-related Violence

Pak­istani Wom­en’s Human Rights Organ­i­sa­tion orga­nized a silent protest out­side the UNHRC in Gene­va on Sep­tem­ber 21, against gen­der-relat­ed vio­lence and hon­our killing in Pak­istan.

The women dis­played ban­ners that said “Pak­istan Free Your Daugh­ters”, “There is no Hon­our in Killing” and “Stop Abus­ing Women”. Speak­ing to the media, one of the pro­tes­tors, Alisha Khan, stat­ed that she was here to protest to remind the world that Pak­istani women, in their dai­ly lives, were still faced with domes­tic vio­lence and hon­our killing. She added that despite inter­na­tion­al media atten­tion to some of these inci­dents of vio­lence, things were not chang­ing in Pak­istan. She held the grow­ing influ­ence of Islam­ic cler­ics in Pak­istan’s pol­i­cy mak­ing as one of the main rea­sons for its soci­ety becom­ing so regres­sive. In this con­nec­tion, she gave the exam­ple of the human rights bill that was intro­duced in the Pun­jab Assem­bly not being imple­ment­ed, because ot the objec­tion of fun­da­men­tal­ist lead­ers, who claimed that such a bill would be against the Sharia.

Tarek Fateh, who was also present at the venue of the protest, said that these women who stood silent­ly to protest against this oppres­sion, very apt­ly sym­bol­ized the real­i­ty of Pak­istani women being voice­less. He informed that every year near­ly 5000 women were killed by their fathers, hus­bands or broth­ers in inci­dents of hon­our killing. Call­ing Pak­istan a pari­ah State, he said that the coun­try prac­ticed the worst form of Islam­ic fas­cism, and the present con­di­tion of women and the sup­port by the Pak­istani State to ter­ror­ism, was a result of this.

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