PAKISTAN – That radical idea: a woman’s body belongs to her

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Ground reality reveals deep-rooted patriarchy that has a hold on both formal state institutions and informal ones. One would think it is simple – one’s body belongs to oneself. The reality is that a woman’s body does not belong entirely to her. It belongs to the state, family, religious institutions and ideology. Globally, controlling a woman’s body is one of the tools used to maintain the deeply entrenched patriarchal status quo. For centuries, this is how it has been, regardless of the advancement societies make. That simple idea then that a woman’s body belongs to her is in fact really, even in this day and age, a radical one.

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