Gender equality, Pakistan

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Gender equality, Pakistan

Newly elected Pakistani National Assembly is effectively in place. The Prime Minister has taken oath of his office; the most interesting feature of this new assembly is the group of women on reserved seats. The idea was introduced by former dictator, General Musharraf apparently to give adequate representation to women, in this male dominated Pakistani society. It was to encourage 52 percent of Pakistani population to have their input in law making, particularly in matters pertaining to women.

The idea was wonderful, and would have genuinely helped women, if we had a better electoral process. The only way anyone can come to the Assemblies is through elections, which are won by money, and so these women from privileged class enter to represent the poor majority of women, who they cannot understand or even visualise the problems that they have. So what use are these women?

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