Pakistan’s Social Realities Lag Behind Legal Advances for Women’s Rights

Pakistan’s Social Realities Lag Behind Legal Advances for Women’s Rights
Activists chant slogans during a demonstration to condemn the honor killing of model Qandeel Baloch, Islamabad, Pakistan, July 18, 2016. (AP photo by Anjum Naveed).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe.

Last month, Pakistani social media star Fauzia Azeem, who went by the name Qandeel Baloch, was murdered by her brother in an alleged honor killing that was condemned by women’s groups, but praised by some people on social media. In an email interview, Anita Weiss, a professor at the University of Oregon, discusses women’s rights in Pakistan.

WPR: What is the current status of women’s rights and gender equality in Pakistan?

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