Pakistan's Islamists Introduce Bill Banning Women in Advertising
Pakistan’s conservative Islamist party alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), introduced a bill to ban women from appearing in advertisements. The proposed bill seeks to imprison any ad agency that uses women models.
Last week the MMA stopped women’s participation in outdoor sports. In Punjab, hundreds of Islamist demonstrators armed with bamboo sticks blocked a ten kilometer race to protest the female runners, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The race ended in a gun battle that left many wounded.
Women’s rights and human rights advocates are concerned that President Musharraf has not done enough to loosen strict discriminatory religious laws that were instituted under General Ziaul Haq in the 1980s. A local columnist recently wrote that “that mullahs have already gained political power after attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq by capitalizing anti-US sentiments and are now flexing their muscles on social issues to capture the society,” reports the Christian Science Monitor. In what is being described as Taliban-like rules, some areas of the country have instituted strict laws segregating women in schools, banning music, and even preventing male medical technicians from examining women.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .