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The progress of women in a selected country/geographical region and critically analyze the effects of

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Another major hurdle in the way of the progress of Pakistani women has been, and still is to this day, the strong feudal system. Women are still seen as objects of use, or rather misuse in feudally administered areas. Statistics show that violence against women is the greatest in these areas.This first decade of the 21st century saw the condition of women in Pakistan improve significantly, with inductions of ladies being carried out in all three armed forces in operational capacity. The proportion of women in the parliament has seen sizeable increase compared to the yesteryears. Women have access to equal education and are being inducted in all fields on equal pays. But the patriarchal mindset has not subsided, and women face discrimination and gender based prejudice and harassment in the workplaces.The constitution of Pakistan is mostly based on the principles of Islam. In its true essence, Islam is a very moderate religion that gave women the right to suffrage and inheritance when the west was still in the dark ages. The much debated ‘Hadood Ordinance’ is a section of the law that deals largely with the punishments regarding limitations imposed on men and women individually and together. Some of the clauses are a distortion of the true limitations present in the Holy book of the Muslims; the Quran. The requirement of four witnesses to prove a woman’s claim that she had been sexually molested raised a storm of protest and criticism by the more sane minded people of the civil society (Khan 34). The law said that a woman could be held guilty of adultery herself if she fails to produce 4 male witnesses.This law was amended under the women protection bill of 2006 under the orders of Pervez Musharraf (Prisoners". The women protection bill came under a lot of scrutiny from the radical religious factions who charged Musharraf with meddling with the God’s limitations. This has discouraged most women from going to the law for help in such cases. The witness of two women is held equal to that of one man. In the more backward rural areas, women have no excess to justice and legal problems are solved by the feudal lord or the big landlords of the area. The custom of using women as rebate is still prevalent there, for example the punishment of a theft can be to give a woman of the house of the thief to the claimant. There has been lot of progress in voicing these
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