In its annual gender parity report, the Women Development Department of Punjab documented an upsurge in violence against women in the province, including assaults, rapes, murders, acid attacks, and the practice of Vani.
According to the research, just 5% of those accused of violence against women were convicted, while 95% were acquitted. In 2020 and 2021, 13,916 and 18,203 divorce cases will be filed.
The initiative of the province administration to file different concerns and complaints by women through its 24/7 hotline, 1043, was also addressed in the report.
With the hotline, women may seek assistance and file complaints regarding domestic violence, harassment, property disputes, and inheritance issues. Using the helpline’s service, women may also obtain free legal counsel.
According to the survey, women most frequently reported incidents of assault, while the hotline saw a 53% rise in calls.
The research also discussed the impact of the Women Safety App in Punjab, which experienced a 70% rise in installations and increased active users.
Regarding women’s share of property in urban and rural regions, the survey indicates that around 29.80% of urban dwellings are held by males, while women own just 2.90%. In rural regions, 62.93 percent of men held property, while just 4.6% of women did.
According to the research, women significantly influenced the province’s literacy rate growth from 2020 to 2021, which occurred in Punjab. The female illiteracy rate in rural regions climbed by 84%, while the male rate increased by 15%.
Regarding women’s representation in politics, the study noted that 71 of the 341 seats in the Punjab Assembly were held by women.
Among these women members, ten were elected to regular seats, sixty have special representation in the House, and one is a minority woman member.
According to the research, just 21% of departments employed women based on a 15% quota in 2021. According to the Punjab Women Empowerment Package (PWEP), the 15% quota should reflect women’s presence in all government agencies.
According to Punjab’s report on gender equality, around 86% of males and 14% of women are employed in provincial departments.
According to the study, the government mandated the inclusion of at least one woman on selection committees in all departments; however, only 60% of departments adhered to the regulation.