Fatima Jinnah Women University Course Outline Program: Gender studies Master Semester 3rd/ Bachelor Semester 6th

(Winter /spring 2010) Credit Hours 3 Course Title: Gender Perspective in International Law & Constitution of Pakistan Course Instructor: Ms. Adeela Rehman Course Code: M.Gen.St- 507/ B.Gen.ST-130 Course content Topic Constitutional Introduction; Overview of constitutional development in Development Pakistan; overview of the legal status of women in Pakistan. Week 1st week

Articles

The Constitution of Pakistan: Article 8-28 Supremacy of fundamental rights, right to life and liberty, prohibition of slavery, dignity of man and privacy of home, landmark cases of restitution of rights: a) Naseem Firdous b) Female College Students c) Iqbal Bibi Reading: Know your Rights, Sohail Warraich and Ayesha Gazdar.

2nd week

Marriage Act

Securing essential rights in Muslim, Christian, Parsi and Hindu marriages: Parsi, Christian and Hindu divorce laws. Reading: Know your Rights, Sohail Warraich and Ayesha Gazdar. Handing over project

3rd week

Custody Rights

Custody of minors: Factors considered by the court. Child Marriage Restraint Act: Definition of a child; punishment for adult below 21years for marrying a child; punishment for adult above 18 years for marrying a child; punishment for solemnizing a child marriage; jurisdiction issues in this Act Reading: “Guardianship of person and property” D F Mullah, Mohammedan Law, 2005. Reading: Know your Rights, Sohail Warraich and Ayesha Gazdar. Reading: “Child marriage restraint Act” D F Mulla,

4th week

Government of Pakistan Laws. Margrate. In Violence. development and institutional mechanism Reading: On the path of women’s empowerment: a synthesis of repot of commission/ committees on the status of women (2003) ministry of women development. Law and Women’s Rights in South Asia (ed) Goonesekere. Shaheen “A Critical Review of family laws in Pakistan: a women’s perspective” • Mid term The way forward for Pakistan: proposed reforms in rights. Legal System Violence Against Women: The Legal System and Institutional Responses in Pakistan.(ed) Schular. United Nations Development Fund for Women • Project presentation • Women’s perspective in law • Limits of law as an effective tool for empowerment • Legal literacy courses on family laws for women • Trends of the superior courts of Pakistan in family law cases Readings: Sardar ali. Practices and Strategies in 7th week 8th week 9th week 10th week Law Reforms Practice of law 11th week . Ema. India: Sage Publications.Mohammadan Law. (1992): legal literacy: a tool for women empowerment. Practices and Strategies in Pakistan Reading: The Superior Judiciary: Implementation of Law and Impact on Women by Nausheen Ahmed in Shaping Women’s Lives: Laws. Sakuntala Kadirgamar. Hina (2004) Violence Against Women: The Legal System and Institutional Responses in Pakistan. Sakuntala Kadirgamar. In Violence. Law and Women’s Rights in South Asia Readings: Ahmad. Jillani. Savitrri. Rajasingam. 2005. social welfare and special education. • • • Women’s empowerment through legal literacy Perspective on legal literacy The role of law in women’s subordination 5th week Women’s empowerment 6th week Women in Law Reading: Schular. Margrate. Rajasingam.

administrative and policy measures to reform laws. labor laws and their effect on women. Shaheed. Honor Killings: Interface and dynamics of political parties. Warraich.liv. Honor Killings: Interface and dynamics of political parties. donors.org/legislation/2006/wpb. implementation of laws Reading: “The Legal Status of Women in Pakistan”.law. donors. parliament and heads of state in terms of laws for violence against women.html WBP Justice in law Social disparities in legal status. parliament and heads of state in terms of laws for violence against women Final Term 14th week Legal provision and women 15th week Honor killing and legal status 16th & 17th week 18th week Grade Distribution: Mid term Final Exam Presentation and research report Assignment Class participation Attendance 25 30 15 15 10 5 . Ed. Sohail. possible legal steps towards change Reading: “The Legal Status of Women in Pakistan”.utoronto.pakistani. Farida.ca/resguide/women Protection of Women (Criminal Laws Amendment Act) 2006 13th week Reading: www. Cassandra. Constitutional provisions affecting women. Balchin. Shehla Zia. Shehla Zia. Gazdar.Pakistan. personal laws affecting women. possible administrative and political steps towards change. Aisha. Human Rights International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law 12th week Pertaining to Women Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Reading: International Women’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Law www. political laws affecting women.

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