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Dowry & Silence of Civic
Society as Reflected by the
News Papers Media
a micro analysis of the invisibility of dowry as
a gender issue in Pakistan
by
Dr. Rakhshinda Perveen
Hon. Executive Vice President, SACHET
Founder Executive Director-AGEHI Resource Center
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Context
Gender, Media & Pakistan
Media in
Pakistan
Dowry
HDI Rank: 127
GDI Rank=117
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What is Dowry?
Implications?
Micro study
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Global Literature
Review
•Dowry is a global Issue
•Media is a Key Player
•Country Strategies???
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Salient feature at a glance
S.#
Salient Features
1 Total No. of Newspapers included in the
study
2 Total No. of Urdu Newspapers included
in the study
3 Total No. of English Newspapers
4 Total No. of NEWS relatee to female
issues
5 Total No. of NEWs Related to Gender
Based Violence
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Number
06
04
02
206
113
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Salient feature at a glance (Continued)
S.#
Salient Features
6
Number
Total No. of News related to Dowry
Issues
7 Total Number of NEWS clips related to
Dowry Issues in Urdu Newspapers
8 Total No. of News related to Dowry
issues in English Newspapers
9 No. of Editorials related to Dowry Issues
10 No. of articles related to Dowry Issues
23
11 Time Period of the study (May 2002)
One
month
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17
06
Zero
04
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Consequences of Dowry
•Delayed Marriage
•Bridal Burning
•Unhappy Marriage
Immediate
•Stove Death
•No Marriage
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Consequences of Dowry (Continued)
Gap Between Rich & Poor↑
Corruption↑
Delayed
High Social Cost
Demonstration Effect↑
Decay of Moral Values
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Newspapers
The News (English)
•Coverage
•Sensitivity
Urdu
Vs
English
The Nation (English)
Dawn (English)
Pakistan Observer (English)
•Priority
Khabrain (Urdu)
Nawa I Waqt (Urdu)
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Conclusion
• Dowry & Dowry violence continue in the mid of
silence of the media, NGOs & Policy Makers &
other influential civic actors. It is being
authenticated in the cover of religion, customs,
traditions & community norms. The Newspaper
media have yet to be familiar with dowry as a
conventional, pertinent & prevailing gender issue
& do justice to the coverage. However, media
including newspaper media can not raise awareness
and sensitization on dowry related issues until &
unless the society breaks its muteness
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Conclusion (Continued)
• Scarcity of research on myriad aspects of
dowry in Pakistan and the visible void
between researchers and the media are also
contributing towards the over sighting of an
important gender issue like dowry.
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Recommendation
• Civic will.
Specific Suggestions
• Ministry of Women Development: Identify the
social cost of dowry for Pakistani women.
Keep dowry & dowry violence in the field of
vision while developing & designing policy,
plans, programs & projects for gender equality
& women empowerment.
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Recommendation
Specific Suggestions (continued)
• Ministry of Education: all educational
institutions should be directed to include
topics like marriage customs, norms, laws
etc. in essay writing, speech, drama &
poetry contests to create awareness &
sensitize the youth on these issues.
• Ministry of Health: identify the healthy
risks and cost of dowry-related violence.
Project dowry as a public health issue.
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Recommendation
Specific Suggestions (continued)
• Ministry of Law & Justice: Review &
revise Dowry Restriction Act 1976. Take
measures to facilitate the reporting &
registration of dowry violence as a distinct
entity.
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Recommendation
Specific Suggestions (continued)
Ministry of Information & Media Group:
• the ministry of information may issue a directive to all the owners
and heads of TV and radio channels and print media to allocate a
special space for gender-based violence including dowry-related
violence
• invest in the training of journalists so that they can identify &
analyze local issues
• Train journalists for reporting & presenting issues of GBV
including dowry.
• Make arrangements for facilitating the access of journalists to the
relevant research material.
• Promote austerity in marriages, discourage dowry,disseminate
information about dowry violence & medical & legal aid through
all forms of media
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Recommendation
Specific Suggestions (continued)
•
•
•
•
Ministry of Population, NIPS & PAP
conduct exploratory studies to identify the influence of
dowry practice on son son preference, perception of
Pakistani youth regarding dowry & related violence.
Allocate Resources for capacity building of journalists.
PAP: Initiate a scientific journal focused on local
population issues.
Initiate a political will and commitment for dowry
violence and other gender issues with population
implications by involving& subsequently educating the
parliamentarians.
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THANK YOU
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FIGHT Against Dowry
An Advocacy project of
AGEHI Resource Center-SACHET
2001
Television Series
Recording
Tentative Transmission in January 2002
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