Section 1 of this report gives the political context: the political actors and forces involved in the fusing of religion and politics from 1947 to 1988. Section 2 provides an overview of women’s disparate realities and goes to explore the implications of this interfacing for women’s rights and gender inequality during the Zia years and subsequent developments. Section 3 problematizes the role of civil society in this process and questions some of the facile assumptions that are often made about the socially-progressive role of civil society actors. The final section provides some overarching conclusions.
Final Research Report for the projectReligion, Politics and Gender Equality, UNRISD and Heinrich Boell Stiftung, 42 pp.
Gender, religion and the quest for justice in Pakistan