Considering the present condition of Pakistani women do not even have the right to own their bodies, being exposed to the traditional male control over every aspect of their bodies, speech and behavior with stoicism, as part of their kismet (fate). Defiance of any sort translates into undermining male honor and ultimately family and community honor. Our exposure and working witness severe reported punishments for; bringing food late, for answering back, or for undertaking forbidden trips, etc. (Thanks to Sajida, a journalist in Larkana.)
Bragging about their feats
The role of media in Pakistan has also been lethargic in terms of improving the status of women. Pakistan television (PTV) plays have a crosscutting viewership, especially among women. However, plays mostly revolve around formula-based story lines, which cast women in either submissive roles or at the other extreme as westernized glamour girls.
According to the survey conducted by United Nations Development Programme on “Portrayal of Women in Media” indicates that the viewers’preferences are now tilting in favor of more gender-balanced portraying of women. The respondents of the survey feel that the negative stereotypical images of highly emotional and suppressed women should be reduced and downplayed. This is a sure sign of improvement in women’s status, as it would leave a positive impact on the male members of our society regarding the productive role of women and who might then stop...