The Pakistan government's move to abolish five percent reservation for women in government jobs has evoked sharp criticism from activists and the opposition, which, recently introduced a bill demanding an increase in job reservations for them.
A long-awaited bill on women's rights has been presented before Pakistan's National Assembly.
The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), after reviewing the Qisas and Diyat Ordinance (Act II of 1997) and the concept of justice in Islam, declared that honour killings and all other sorts of victimisation of women have no link with Islam.
If the President really wants to help women in prison, he would do well to repeal the Hudood Ordinances.
What are we to make of the President's stated commitment to women's rights, as articulated on several occasions ...
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has vowed to protect a woman who faces being murdered by members of her own tribe in an honour killing.

Findings from the Shirkat Gah "Women, Law and Status Programme" involving broad based and systematic research into honour crimes in Punjab, North Western Frontier Province and Sindh.

Justice (retd.) Rizvi is Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women.
The Hudood Ordinances were promulgated in 1979 by Zia-ul-Haq in his drive towards Islamisation.
This paper by Farida Shaheed, produced for Dawn's Political Restructuring and Social Transformation Programme, outlines the spaces, strategies and contradictions arising from women's political involvement in South Asia.
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