HONOUR AND VIOLENCE:
GENDER, POWER AND LAW IN SOUTHERN PAKISTAN
Lecture by NAFISA SHAH
Friday 19th May – 6:30 pm – AfK Conference Hall
Following by refreshments.
Nafisa Shah is a Member of the National Assembly in the Pakistan Parliament from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). She is Member of the Standing Committee for Finance, Economic Affairs, and Privatisation and of Foreign Affairs, and Planning and Development.
Nafisa Shah has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University.
In 2001, Shah was elected as mayor of Khairpur district, and her exemplary performance won her many accolades which included her nominations as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as one of 1000 women in a collective nomination for Nobel Award in 2004. It was during this time, she build schools, and coordinated polio and EPI drives in the district.
As a parliamentarian, she has also steered many health initiatives in the district including local programs for prevention of hepatitis, monitoring maternal mortality in the district, and in the parliament has been active on health policy issues. In the last parliament, Shah served as secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, which was instrumental in steering rights based legislation particularly on women’s rights, and actively worked on legislation to prevent gender based violence
|Her book Honour and Violence: Gender, Power and Law in Southern Pakistan has recently been published in the UK and New York by Berghahn Books and in South Asia as Honour Unmasked by Oxford University Press.
This study, based on her research in Upper Sindh, Pakistan, draws connections between Pakistani state law and customary practices of honour based violence, and how local, historical and modern power dynamics are implicated in reshaping such practices.