Timeline: The Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Act (Criminal Law Amendment)

Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Act (Criminal Law Amendment)

March 2, 2005 Pakistan Rejects Pro-Women Bill

Women’s rights groups want strict legislation against honour killings. The Pakistan government has allied with Islamists to reject a bill, which sought to strengthen the law against the practice of “honour killing”

November 13, 2006 Islamic Opposition Against Women’s Bill

During a talk over a potential bill for women’s rights, the assembly was faced with bitter opposition from Islamic parties to amend the country’s controversial rape laws.

February 13, 2007 Women’s Bill In Pakistan Assembly

Pakistan’s national assembly has begun work on a bill to safeguard women’s rights to property and inheritance.

October 12, 2011 Legislation: Pro-women bill hits snags In National Assembly

The government was in a generous mood on Tuesday, allowing almost a dozen private bills to pass through the National Assembly. However, legislation proposing stricter punishment for crimes against women, including forced marriages, was not accepted by the house due to objections that it was poorly drafted.

October 19, 2011 Women’s Rights: Voting On Bill Deferred Mid-Debate

A bill advocating greater social protection for women was shot down in the National Assembly on Tuesday, as some members refused to vote without having received a copy of proposed amendments to the bill.

November 15, 2011 National Assembly Passes Landmark On Women’s Rights Bill

The Prevention of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2011, which was authored by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid MNA Dr Donya Aziz, had remained stuck for three years, first in various NA committees and then the house itself. However, after a couple of amendments were incorporated into the final draft, the lower house unanimously passed the bill

November 30, 2011 Pakistani Women Politicians Strike At Customary Laws

After twice being rejected by the National Assembly, the Prevention of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2011 was approved unanimously. Although it still needs to be passed by the Senate, civil society in Pakistan has welcomed the move and praised the efforts of Pakistan’s women legislators in particular.

December 31, 2011 Progress in Pakistan: Criminalizing Practices Harmful to Women

Two new women’s rights bills were passed by Pakistan’s legislature amending the Pakistan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure; the Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill and the Criminal Law Bill were both approved by the country’s president. The Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill adds a new chapter to the Pakistani Penal Code listing three particular offenses against women.

January 8, 2012 Plan Of Action Implementing Pro-Women Laws Urged

The year 2011 proved fortunate for the women as a lot of legislative work was done to safeguard their rights and now activists are demanding an appropriate plan of action for implementing women friendly laws.

July 28, 2012 Zardari For Appointing Women As Top Judges

President Asif Ali Zardari enumerated the government’s initiatives for women empowerment in the country as they try to resolve to eliminate discriminatory practices and abuses against women in Pakistan. A proposal was under consideration to give more representation to women in the top judiciary.

February 20, 2013 Khawar Mumtaz Speaks On The Power Of Pro-Women Legislation in Pakistan

The most important impact of pro-women legislation is the recognition of a range of gender-based violations. If there is a law against anti-women practices, then there is a recognition that anti-women practices exist. While great progress has been made in the last few years on pro-women legislation, implementation remains weak. Operationalising the law in the backdrop of customary practices and mindsets is very challenging and requires creative strategies.

March 7, 2013 13th National Assembly Stands Out For Pro-Women Legislation

Women’s inclusion in the political process, preventing anti-women practices, and addressing their vulnerability in conflict-hit areas brought political parties together in the 13th National Assembly, which stood out for pro-women legislation, reflecting some of the promises political parties made in their manifestoes before the 2008 elections.

May 7, 2013 Patriarchy Makes It Impossible To Apply Pro-Women Laws

The previous government remains historic in terms of empowering women and fight against violence and discrimination by unanimously passing bills to stop anti-women practices.

June 7, 2013 Gender Discrimination In Government Formation

The new assembly was sworn in with several women parliamentarians with the hope and commitment that they would play their due role for the protection of women’s rights and promotion of women empowerment debate. The nation has an eye on the new parliamentarians to do more pro-women business in the house.

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