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Pakistani Women In a Changing Society.

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PAKISTANI WOMEN IN A CHANGING SOCIETY

Hamza Alavi

The decade of the 1980s has truly been a decade of the women of Pakistan. A

powerful women's movement made a dramatic impact on Pakistan's political scene.

The concrete achievements of the women's movement in its struggle against

policies of General Zia's military regime which were directed against women in

the name of Islamisation, have not been inconsiderable. A number of women's

organisations in the country came together in this struggle, which included the

Women's Action Forum (WAF) which has been the leading and the most effective of

these, the Democratic Women's Association, the Sindhiani Tehrik and the Women's

Front as well as the All Pakistan Women's Association (APWA) the oldest of these

which has been run by wives of senior bureaucrats and politicians and has had a

reformist but rather a patronising orientation.

The decade of the 1980s was also a decade of degradation of

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