Pakistan has a terrible track record when it comes to violence against women:
Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday. “A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The event was arranged by the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA).
From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence, he said. “Young girls are being raped in Pakistan and all we do is shout rather that do anything practical,” he said.
Rehman said that giving girls and boys equal access to education and introducing a uniform education system for the rich and the poor would bring about positive changes in Pakistan. “It has taken us 62 years to say that education is a basic right,” he said.
Mr Rehman has an excellent point in focusing on education, because when a population sincerely believes that girls have no need for education--indeed, that educating them would be harmful--then it nails in their status as second-class persons. From there, it is only natural that they be treated with contempt, and they have no defence. If they cannot read, hold down a job, or understand anything outside the home, then they are trapped. It is marriage or the streets--which usually leads to a brothel or other vile abuse.
Since Christians are severely marginalised, it only stands to reason that the predominant force of Islam has led to this situation. I know that the UN's CEDAW group usually goes on to undermine traditional families, the right to life, and basic tenets of chastity, but regards to the need to educate girls, we are in agreement. We must advance the right to basic education, the right to personal integrity, and safety for women everywhere.