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Woman in Pakistani Kashmir has accused three
of raping her
conflict has a hidden, dramatic and disproportionate impact
on women and girls.
pattern repeats itself in Asia, Africa, Europe and in the in
the Americas. Despite agreements, resolutions and promises,
the violence against women continues unabated.Human Rights
Commission South Asia stop violence against women compaign
goes into its second phase, focusing on the impact of armed
conflict and postconflict situations on women and girls.
Over six monthwill release a series of reports exposing the
violence, giving voice to survivors, and push for change.
The women's and girls testimonies reveal the threats,
violence and discrimination they face both form armed group
and from their own families and communities. The failure of
governments to pursue perpetrators with a real violence to continue.Women and
girls are not just more likely to be the target of sexual
violence, especially rape, than men. Women also face extra,
sometimes insurmountable, obstacles to seeking justice,
because of the stigma attached to the survivors of sexual
violence and women's disadvantaged position in society.
Their role as carers, combined with higer levels of poverty,
means that the impact of war's destructions weights
particularly heavily on women.At the same time, women are
the backbone of the community. Their ideas, energy and
involvement are essential to rebuilding society in the
aftermath og war.To ensure lasting peace, women must be
allowed to play a full part in all stages of the peace
process.Over 70 percent of women in jail in Pakistan report
sexual abuse by police officials. Despite the high incidence
of rape and sexual torture of female detainees, no police
official has been subjected to criminal punishment for these
abuses. Moreover even basic protections -- including
requirements that female detainees be interrogated only in
the presence of a female officer are routinely violated.
Over 60 percent of women prisoners in Pakistan are detained
under the Hudood Ordinance, penal laws prohibiting sex
outside of marriage, which have had a devastating impact on
women's rights. In some cases women have been imprisoned
because they were unable to prove a rape charge and were
thus charged with impermissible sex and imprisoned pending
trial. Double Jeopardy, co-authored by the Women's Rights
Project and HRCSA, documents many cases of women who have
been victims of Pakistan's discriminatory legal system and
of police abuses and also makes recommendations to the
government of Pakistan to end these abuses.