Violence Against Women

The Constitution and the law of Pakistan protect the political rights of women. The law is, however, not implemented in its true spirit, which has created an environment where women are still marginalized in various aspects of political participation. Although their participation is increasing, their presence in political parties as decision makers is very rare. Women lack financial resources and mentoring which makes it harder for their full participation, in comparison to their male counterparts, in the electoral process. International and domestic commitments made by the Government of Pakistan necessitate that a favorable environment be created for women’s participation in politics, both as candidates and voters.