The Women’s Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy

23/11/20184:30 pm-6:00 pm
Habib University

Ms. Ayesha Khan, Collective for Social Science Research
Dr. Nafisa Shah, Member of National Assembly.
Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women
Dr. Nida Kirmani, Lahore University of Management Sciences

The military rule of General Zia ul-Haq, former President of Pakistan, had significant political repercussions for the country. Islamization policies were far more pronounced and control over women became the key marker of the state’s adherence to religious norms. Women’s rights activists mobilized as a result, campaigning to reverse oppressive policies and redefine the relationship between state, society and Islam. In her new book, The Women’s Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy, Ayesha Khan narrates a women’s history by drawing on documents from the Women’s Action Forum archives, court judgments on relevant cases, as well as interviews with activists and analysis of newspapers and magazines. At a time when the women’s movement in Pakistan is in danger of shrinking, this book highlights its historic significance and continued relevance today.

To mark the book launch on this extraordinary important subject, IDRAC brings together prominent intellectuals and politician for a panel discussion to highlight key challenges of women’s movement in Pakistan.