Violence Against Women


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passes domestic violence bill

Peshawar: Friday – Jan 15, 2021 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly on Friday passed a bill to prevent domestic violence against women. As per Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Domestic Violence against Women (Prevention and Protection) Bill, the perpetrators of violence against women face up to five years in prison. The landmark bill defines economic, psychological and sexual pressure on women as “violence”. The bill stated that a six-member District Protection Committee would be constituted which would be responsible for providing medical treatment, legal assistance and shelter to the victims. It said that a petition would be filed against the offender within 15 days whereas the courts would […]


Lahore High Court Declares ‘Two Finger’ Virginity Test Illegal

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday declared virginity tests, including the two-finger test (TFT) for examination of sexual assault survivors “illegal and against the Constitution”, saying they had “no forensic value” in cases of sexual violence. In a 30-page judgement, Justice Ayesha A. Malik wrote that the virginity test “offends the dignity of the female victim” and was contradictory to Article 9 and Article 14 of the Constitution, which are related to the security and dignity of a person. The judgement declared that virginity tests are “discriminatory against the female victim as they are carried out on the basis […]


Uks holds Webinar on Reporting Rape

Press Release by Uks Research, Resource & Publication Center, Islamabad Islamabad: Decmeber 9, 2020: Uks Research, Resource & Publication Center Islamabad and World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) Global jointly organized a webinar on the topic of Will the media start reporting rape? observing International Human Rights Day. Having renowned journalists, media practitioners and human rights activists on the platform. The purpose of the webinar was to have a debate with participants on the mismatch of media’s reporting on rape cases with the actual rape incidents happening.   Anchoring the webinar Executive Director of Uks research Ms. Tasneem Ahmar drew […]


Anti-rape legislation – some recommendations

Wajahat Ali Malik To curtail the number of rape incidents in the country, the federal cabinet has recently approved two anti-rape ordinances: the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance 2020; and the Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2020. The new legislation will change the basic definition of rape as provided in Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) 1860 and shall award exemplary punishments to rapists in the form of chemical castration and hanging. It also provides protection to victims of gang-rape and to transgender rape victims. The proposed law further prohibits the controversial “two-finger” test. The cabinet committee on Disposal of Legislative Cases […]


EVAWG Alliance demands public apology from Tariq Jameel for his misogynistic remarks on television

EVAWG (Ending Violence Against Women and Girls) Alliance, a civil society network dedicated to promoting and protecting women and girls‘ rights in Pakistan, would like to express its shock and disgust, following the televised statement from Tariq Jameel who blatantly attacked, objectified and vilified 47% of the Pakistani population by claiming that women’s lack of modestly was the cause of the Pandemic Covid-19.Such ill-informed and misogynistic narratives directly violate women’s fundamental rights to equality and dignity that are enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. EVAWG alliance is therefore extremely disappointed at the fact that our government could endorse such anindividual […]


Parliamentarians and Civil Society Vow to End to Violence against Women

ISLAMABAD (12th December 2017): A dialogue between parliamentarians and civil society activists on women protection laws was organised on Tuesday to mark the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The event titled ‘Dialogue between Parliamentarians and Civil Society on the Status of Women Protection Laws was organised by Oxfam in collaboration with Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), Bedari and Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS). Speaking at the event, Oxfam Country Director Mohammed Qazilbash said that for 16 Days of Activism, Oxfam in Pakistan has chosen the theme ‘Domestic Violence Hurts Us All’ because Oxfam views violence against […]


‘Marriage: No Child’s Play’ launched in Karachi

19th May 2017, Karachi Oxfam and Indus Resource Centre (IRC) jointly launched a new project “Marriage: No Child’s Play” on May 19, 2017. The project was officially launched in Karachi, with the participation of special guests including, Ms. Shamim Mumtaz, Minister Social Welfare, Sindh; Mr. Saadat Ali from Netherlands Embassy; Ms. Atiya Dawood from WAF; Ms. Mehnaz Rahman, Regional Director, Aurat Foundation; Ms. Amna Abro, HEO, Health Department; Mr. Qadeer Baig, Director IRD; Dr. Amar Sindhu, Professor of Philosophy at University of Sindh; Mr. Sikandar Sohani from Aahang Pakistan; and Mr. Iqbal Detho. Guests were jointly welcomed by Ms. Sadiqa Sallahudin, […]


Mumkin Alliance

Mumkin EVAW Alliance was established in 2009 by collective efforts of 15 provincial, national and international Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that were working to combat violence against women since many years in Punjab. Keeping in view the alarming situation of VAW and a visible increase of crimes against women, these NGOS aimed to join hands to raise women voices vehemently and prominently for a deeper impact. Among the members of alliance a dire need to build synergies and coordination was felt so all members decided to sit together for one same objective to prevent and decrease violence against women and […]