Fatima Bhutto thinks no one is 'working hard' in Pakistan to make laws to protect women

Comments come at a crucial juncture for women's rights

Entertainment Desk April 15, 2024

In an exclusive interview with VCast Online, author and activist Fatima Bhutto delivered a candid assessment of the state of women's rights in Pakistan, expressing scepticism about the impact of current efforts and calling for tangible action to address ongoing challenges.

Bhutto's remarks shed light on the persistent struggle for gender equality in the country, highlighting a perceived lack of concerted efforts to enact legislative changes that would better protect and support women. "I don't think anyone is working hard to make the laws protect women or support women," she asserted, emphasising the need for a more proactive approach to address systemic issues.

She continued, "I don't think anyone is sitting there in a concerted way trying to alleviate the difficulty that women face all over this country. I don't see that as an effort." However, drawing attention to the resilience and determination of Pakistani women, Bhutto acknowledged their relentless pursuit of space and recognition in various spheres of society. "But at the same time, Pakistani women do great things and they fight for their space," she remarked.

Even so, Bhutto tempered this praise with a call for greater action and accountability. Despite the inspiring efforts of Pakistani women, she emphasized that significant work remains to be done to effect meaningful change. "The room that women have, whether you're talking in the city, or in the interior or you are talking in a home, or in a neighbourhood, or in a society - whatever space exists, exists because women fight for it," she explained. She added, "So, Pakistani women in that sense are, of course, an inspiration. But I think a lot of work needs to be done. I don't think we deserve congratulations yet."

Bhutto's comments come at a crucial juncture for women's rights in Pakistan, amidst ongoing debates and activism surrounding issues such as gender-based violence, access to education and healthcare, and economic empowerment. Her insights serve as a sobering reminder of the challenges that persist and the urgent need for sustained advocacy and reform efforts.

As her words reverberate across the country, they prompt reflection and action among policymakers, activists, and citizens alike. The call to prioritise women's rights and address systemic barriers resonates deeply, challenging society to uphold its commitments to equality and justice for all.

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