A history of women’s rights in Pakistan

A history of women’s rights in Pakistan
A history of women’s rights in Pakistan

A history of women’s rights in Pakistan

Pakistan has a long and complicated history when it comes to women’s rights. In 1988, the country elected Benazir Bhutto as prime minister. She became the first woman elected to head a Muslim country. The country’s constitution bans violent abuse of women, but at times social pressure and honor have proved stronger than the law. We take a look at the history of women’s rights in Pakistan with Zerqa Abid, a Pakistani American and campaign manager for Project Sakinah, which works on issues of domestic violence and gender rights in the Muslim community. (Photo: AP Images).