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.