Masarrat Misbah in ATV's Women Rights Debate
ATV Lahore studios arranged a program to bring into limelight various legal obstacles to women’s rights. The program was moderated by Shamsa Ali Advocate Supreme Court with Masarrat Misbah, President DSF and Suphia Masood, Advocate High Court as guest specialists..
It was discussed that rule of law requires the unity of law which is mostly in the form of state law. Pakistan is a legally plural society where completely different and independent systems of law like the Islamic law, the state law and the traditional law exist. The state and the state law though do not acknowledge and accept the non-state laws as laws, but the reality is that the dominant practiced law in Pakistan is the traditional law. Traditional law is found in a variety of forms like panchayts, jirgas, chaudharys, informal meetings of families etc. Masarrat Misbah reiterated that in such complexity the role of civil society organizations becomes more important as they have the presence in and interaction with the communities at the grassroots level. Through effective advocacy of human rights in general and women’s rights in particular the change in attitude will eventually come.