Gender issues: ‘Almost 90% women in G-B facing violence at home’

Published: February 17, 2012

“There is an urgent need to extend all national and international laws concerning women to G-B to check the increasing cases of violence,” said Yasmeen Nazar, parliamentary secretary for planning and law. ILLUSTRATION: SAMAD SIDDIQUI

GILGIT: 

Almost 90 per cent of women in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) have been subjected to domestic violence at least once in their lives. This was the consensus among speakers during a seminar on gender-based violence held at a local hotel on Thursday.

The seminar stressed on the fact that most women are subjected to physical abuse, mental torture and in some cases, even sexual abuse at home, which often go unreported due to lack of education and tribal norms.

The participants, comprising researchers, human rights activists, journalists and government officials, demanded immediate measures to address the issue.

“There is an urgent need to extend all national and international laws concerning women to G-B to check the increasing cases of violence,” said Yasmeen Nazar, parliamentary secretary for planning and law.

In addition to that, speakers also stressed on the role of men in uprooting the menace by ensuring the rights enshrined for women in religious teachings.

Sher Azam, the coordinator of Trust for Community Empowerment, a non-governmental organisation which organised the event, said women will continue to bear the brunt of violence until collective and coercive measures are taken. “This is the need of the hour and this is what society wants,” he remarked.

Nasreen Nasir, who has won a gallantry award in the past, said Islam guarantees equal rights for men and women, adding that more efforts are needed to curb domestic violence in the region.

At the end of the seminar, participants were asked to sign a petition to introduce laws concerning women in the region, which will be submitted to the concerned authorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Farhan Gilgiti
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:13PM

    What is the source of this statistics? Has an NGO or a governmental organization studied the patterns of gender-based violence in GB?

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  • Faisal Raju
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:01PM

    @Farhan Gilgiti.it seems a general statement by the participatns!

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  • Raks
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:35AM

    It seems to be the perception of the participants which I would say is true to some extent

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  • GB
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:59PM

    The news did not quoted the remaining part of the statistics that 10% males are facing violance at home. +

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  • Nasir
    Feb 19, 2012 - 5:30PM

    totally exaggerated,Please give statement on fact and figuresRecommend

  • Ishtiaq
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:42AM

    in fact the figure of 90% is not based on any study or survey, it says that speakers made consensus about this important issues just sitting on tables in a seminar at Islamabad and suggesting to sign a petition on such kind of issues. At least such kind of actions need some reliable figures on reality. Anyhow its good to introduce pragmatic policy and rules to empower women, but if u think about that how many women receives/access basic health or educational facilities there in remote areas of G.B, which i think is more important than domestic problems (which can be solved at local level)???

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