Women Empowerment in Pakistan

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In History
  • Women were granted suffrage

    Women were granted suffrage
    In 1947, Pakistani women were granted the suffrage. Which means the allowance for the right to vote.
  • APWA was founded

    APWA was founded
    All Pakistan Women Association was founded in 1949 by Begum Raana Liaquat Ali, a famous activist for women’s rights. It was a non profit organization.
  • Right to vote in National elections

    Right to vote in National elections
    The women were granted suffrage in 1947 however they were reaffirmed the right to vote in national elections in 1956 under the interim constitution.
  • Constitution of Pakistan laid importance of equality

    Constitution of Pakistan laid importance of equality
    The constitution of Pakistan stated that, “There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex alone.” which tells us about the importance of equality.
  • Women status in Zia’s regime

    Women status in Zia’s regime
    Zia ul haw inducted 20 women as members of majlis e shoora. Although his other policies gave a hard time to Muslim women.
  • Women protested against Zia’s policies.

    Women protested against Zia’s policies.
    For the first time women got together to protest against Zia’s policies of Islamization as it was very harsh on Pakistani women
  • Reserved quota increased for women

    National Assembly elected through non party elections doubled women’s reserved quota (20 percent)
  • The Aurat foundation was founded

    The Aurat foundation was founded
    Aurat foundation founded in 1986 is a women rights organization based in Islamabad. Its co-founders we’re Nigar Ahmed and Shahla Zia.
  • Tenure of Benazir Bhutto

    Tenure of Benazir Bhutto
    Benazir Bhutto was the first Women Prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first women to head a democratic government in Muslim majority nation.
  • FWBL was formed

    The first women bank Ltd was formed in 1989. It is a commercial bank located in Karachi, chartered to meet the special needs of women.
  • WISE was formed

    WISE was formed
    Women in struggle for empowerment(WISE) was established in 2001 is a young and dynamic women-led organization, determined to help bring about social change in how women and girls are valued in their communities
  • SAWERA founded in khyber agency.

    SAWERA founded in khyber agency.
    Society for Appraisal and women empowerment in Rural areas (SAWERA) is women leading NGO working in federally administered tribal areas in particular and in KP in general. The word ”SAWERA” means new beginnings. It was founded by nine women who saw the need for support in the St. Louis community regarding domestic violence.
  • General Musharraf released women out of jail.

    General Musharraf signed an ordinance for the immediate release on bail of around 1300 women who were currently languishing in jails on charges other than terrorism and murder.
  • Women’s protection bill

    The Women’s protection bill which was passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on 15 November 2006 is an attempt to amend the heavily criticized 1979 Hudood ordinances laws which govern the punishment for rape and adultery in Pakistan.
  • Protection against harassment of women at workplace act.

    Protection against harassment of women at workplace act.
    Harassment at workplace has been one of the major contributing factors that impede women from joining workforce in Pakistan. The protection against harassment of women at the workplace act 2010 provides legal protection to women against harassment at workplace and reforms the existing legislation women’s right to work in Pakistan.
  • Women in Distress and Detention Fund Act

    Women in Distress and Detention Fund Act
    The women in distress and detention fund act has been promulgated to provide financial assistance to deserving women.
  • Largest women rally

    Largest women rally
    MQM geld the world’s largest women’s political rally in karachi, with an estimated 100,000 women in attendance.
  • Aurat March

    Aurat March
    Aurat March is a recent annually held social/political demonstration organized in various cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Karachi and Islamabad to observe international women’s day.