The past weeks have been quite traumatic for the women of Pakistan. Recently, a young woman
named Noor Mukadam was murdered and beheaded by her alleged partner in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city. A few weeks ago, the prime minister’s statement on rape
erroneously construed the crime as being the fault of the victim.
When Pakistan’s eastern Sindh province passed the ‘Sindh Women Agricultural Workers Bill’ on 20 December, giving women in agriculture
and other agro-based work the same rights and benefits enjoyed by workers in the industrial sector, it was a revolutionary step for the whole of South Asia.
It will take around 100 years for the world to reach gander parity according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020
just published by World Economic Forum.
India recently launched a sex offender registry
to deter sex offenders from perpetrating crimes against women and children by indicating that the government is keeping track of them. The personal details of 440,000 sex offenders who have been convicted for various crimes like “eve-teasing”, child sexual abuse, rape and gang rape will be registered in this database and accessible to law enforcement.
Last week, 200 people were injured and 131 died
in a suicide bombing in Mastung, Baluchistan
. This attack was second most deadly since the 2014 Army Public School Attack
in Peshawar, KhyberPukhtunkwah, which killed 144 people. This recent attack was one of three in 72 hours
related to the country’s upcoming elections on July 25