Women's Action Forum urges top judge to apologise for 'sexist’ comment

Published: January 23, 2018
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The letter demands that Justice Nisar acknowledge the prevalence of sexism in the legal profession, as well as, to take measures to enable a "harassment-free environment for women". PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

The letter demands that Justice Nisar acknowledge the prevalence of sexism in the legal profession, as well as, to take measures to enable a "harassment-free environment for women". PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

The Women’s Action Forum (WAF) wrote a letter to the country’s top judge on Tuesday, calling for him to issue an apology for a recent speech in which he compared a “good speech” to “the length of a woman’s skirt”.

On January 13, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar while speaking in Karachi said: “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”

In the letter, the WAF castigated Justice Nisar for the comment, stating that the quote “reveals deep-rooted sexism and double standards women are held to which discourage women from joining the legal profession”.

It also underscored the “rampant sexism” encountered by female lawyers.

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The letter further stated that the comment “proves the fact that women face extraordinary challenges in this profession”.

“Statements that dehumanise and objectify women are not only derogatory and demeaning towards women but also contribute to the victim-blaming culture which is the biggest impediment in fighting crimes committed against women,” it added.

The letter demanded that the CJP acknowledge the prevalence of sexism in the legal profession, as well as, to take measures to enable a “harassment-free environment for women”.

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  • Edhi Abdul Aziz
    Jan 23, 2018 - 10:58PM

    No apology required as demanded by fake so-called actionists Recommend

  • Striver
    Jan 23, 2018 - 11:08PM

    Don’t know why these people are over-sensitive. The reality is, women in some societies need to show their skin to attract to find a boy-friend or long-term relationship. Otherwise it’s a lonely life on the shelf.

    Get real people. Grow up. This feminism is just a farce.
    If you want to pursue a worthwhile cause, join women’s rights groups.

    We should also teach women in our societies to respect women. The education starts at home. Recommend

  • Raw Is War
    Jan 24, 2018 - 2:48AM

    Quality of Pakistani intellectual.Recommend

  • Hina Raheem
    Jan 24, 2018 - 8:18AM

    @Edhi Abdul Aziz:
    Yes, apologies required ! One apology required for sexist statement. Second apology required for using the word “skirt” instead of “kameez” or “sari”. Third apology required for not citing where he (CJP) picked that quip from, because I am sure that’s not an original from him.Recommend

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