Women in politics
At a time when we need more women in representative positions in legislatures and local bodies, the persistent problem of a male-dominated society in which women are not seen as fit for political role, where funds are distributed inequitably in terms of distribution to women, and where there is a lack of exposure for most women in the politics of the country, we have far too little. Yet women are needed if one is to speak out about the domestic violence bills, which have become controversial for no good reason, and other issues, including the growing number of cases of harassment of women, child sexual abuse and other issues that affect entire households and communities, such as inflation and its impact. Yet women continue to be prevented from playing full political roles. Although the increase in the quota of women was a welcome step and allowed more Pakistani women to enter parliament and local bodies, it is still not sufficient. The reality is that only a tiny handful of women, mostly influential members of their communities, enter parliament by direct vote and are therefore able to act and express their opinions independently.
This is a problem that needs to be addressed, as was said at a seminar held in Karachi. We need a much larger number of women in decision-making positions, to protect their rights and ensure that the laws are consistent with their well-being. This has perhaps become particularly important given the current situation in Afghanistan and the type of discrimination women face. We know from history that extremist groups in our own country are influenced by such activities. Indeed, even without any role from Afghanistan, we can see the type of victimization that women face in all parts of the country, even on the streets of major cities.
To guard against this, one of the best steps that can be taken is to get more women into legislatures and councils. In countries where this has happened, there has been an improvement in the education levels of women and girls and better protection of their rights, including the right to be protected from domestic violence. Such measures are vital for the women of Pakistan. This can only happen through political change, only if political parties are persuaded to nominate a small number of women to general seats, so that more women can enter parliament through general seats. .