Pakistan Opinion Blog

Gender action reform plan

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THE approval of the gender action reform plan initiated with the assistance of the ADB is no doubt a welcome step as far as elimination of gender discrimination at workplace and more facilities for working women are concerned.

However, what is disturbing about this plan is the absence of certain issues. For instance, what if a woman doesn’t want to work in an office? Shouldn’t some kind of law make it compulsory for her brother/husband/father to ensure that she is well provided for? What about those cases where women are forced to work by the male members of the family? Shouldn’t reforms be initiated to penalize such male members?