Women's Rights

RIGHT TO INFORMATION: MESSAGE ON INHERITENCE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

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PUNJAB PROTECTION OF WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE ACT 2016

Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act is a great step by the Punjab Government

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Women's rights in Punjab derive from different pro-women laws and amendments, constitutional guarantees, international instruments and national policies.

RECENT INITIATIVES FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

New initiatives for women empowerment Punjab Women Empowerment Initiatives 2014

Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2012 (PWEP)

Legislation Introduced by Provincial Assembly of Punjab

The Government of Punjab has periodically introduced laws to protect and prevent violence against women, and amended other existing laws to ensure that basic human rights of women are fully protected. In this regard, some laws and institutional changes are outlined below:

Punjab Commission on the Status of Women

Acid Crimes

Prevention of Child Labour

Family Laws

Child Marriage

Rights of Inheritance and Property

The Punjab Land Revenue (Amendment) Act 2015

The Punjab Partition of Immovable Property Act 2015

The Punjab Land Revenue (Amendment) Act 2012

The Punjab Partition of Immovable Property Act 2012 (Act IV Of 2013)

Harassment

Rape

Consequent to devolution of social subjects to the provinces with the passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment 2010, the Punjab government has passed several pro-women bills. The recent amendments passed on March 6, 2015 include:

  • Previously, on March 8, 2012, the Punjab Government  announced a comprehensive package of measures known as “Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2012”, which included the following amendments:

The national legal framework contains the following pro-women laws and amendments:

CONSTITUTION OF PAKISTAN

The Constition of Pakistan contains articles that provide for gender equality and equity. The following page provides more information about these articles:

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS

The Government of Pakistan has undertaken commitments at various national and international forums to guarantee women's rights: