Inequalities of Gender, Violence and Dehumanization in Multiple Forms in a Conflicting Cultural Values Outlook in Pakistan

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 2:45 PM
Room: 315
Oral Presentation
Saira SIDDIQUI , Sociology, GC University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Syeda Khizra ASLAM , Sociology, SAP; GC University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
This paper provides a theoretical framework of understanding, experience and struggle of gender and pursuit of women rights concerning inequality, violence and dehumanization, and how multiple forms of such disparities overlap and interrelate with social categories and cultural values. The paper's main theme will be a theoretical enquiry into the way 'violence' is conceptualized in relation to the conflicting cultural values in traditional and modern theories. Theoretically and methodologically the paper will be designed so as to allow the interpretation of maltreatment of women with reference to sexual and gender options concerning violence, class, and discrimination in the background of conflicting cultural values. It will focus on Pakistani society since it got its Independence in 1947 and build its argument on previous research conducted among indigenous groups in Pakistan. It will be discussed here that an examination of multiple forms of inequalities of gender, violence and dehumanization in the lives of women in Pakistan, the interpretation would be that of a society surrounded with violence. Central to this theory of violence is accounts of the ways Pakistani women find themselves between being modern women and traditional women to illustrate the limits of the dichotomy of the theories of traditionalism and modernism. This paper will focus on the rights of the women who suffer from violence and dehumanization. These rights will include socioeconomic rights of getting jobs, social security, health facilities and shelter. In the end the paper will give a model of gendered approach for rehabilitation of the women who have faced such inequalities considering into view the legal Act against women victimization in Pakistan.