PL | EN

Women and minors rights in Pakistan and Afghanistan

In Pakistan, the next elections will be held in February 2024. Women constitute only 58,5 million of the 127 million voters registered in the country. Pakistani women are less likely to vote in elections, also in large cities such as Lahore or Karachi. During the last election 2018, all five constituencies with the highest female turnout were in remote rural areas with lower living standards. The biggest number of women – over 70% – voted in two constituencies of the desert Tharparkar district – for them, it is one of the few opportunities to improve the quality of life and escape poverty.

In neighbouring Afghanistan, parents sell their teenage daughters as wives to survive – 2,000 dollars for a bride is enough to feed a family for a whole year. In Shahrak-e-Sabz alone, a settlement of makeshift homes, Too Young To Wed activists counted 118 girls sold as child brides and 116 families with girls waiting for buyers. Sold girls, burdened with household responsibilities, often fall victim to verbal, physical and sexual violence – slavery under the guise of marriage. At the same time, suicides and depression cases are increasing among Afghan teenagers.

According to South Korean intelligence, Kim Jong Un’s daughter Kim Ju-ae, now ten years old, may be the successor to the leader of North Korea. Elevating her to the highest position in the country would be a surprising move in a highly patriarchal country. However, it will not improve the situation of Korean women, who have been disproportionately affected by international sanctions and subsequent repression due to the pandemic.

Read also
Robotic guide dog, MiniTouch and a smart ring
Robotic guide dog, MiniTouch and a smart ring
Scientists from the University of Glasgow are developing a robotic dog similar to a guide dog. Using artificial intelligence, RoboGuide is intended to make it easier for blind and visually impaired people to move freely around spaces such as museums, hospitals and shopping malls. It will be based on mapping sensors and assessing the environment […]
European Union countries supporting migration
European Union countries supporting migration
The European Union will allocate approximately EUR 210 million to help Mauritania reduce the number of migrants passing through the country on their way to Spain’s Canary Islands. Even though Mauritania does not border the EU, many asylum seekers pass through its territory. According to official data, 83% of migrants arriving in the Canary Islands […]
Child labour in the USA, Myanmar prisons and Koreans in China
Child labour in the USA, Myanmar prisons and Koreans in China
Many U.S. companies, including some of the country’s largest consumer brands, say they are taking steps to eliminate child labour. The number of audits is to be increased, especially on night shifts, when most minors work. Since 2021, hundreds of underage migrants have crossed the southern border of the United States alone, which has resulted […]
Worms, nematodes and microorganisms in forensics, agriculture and nature conservation
Worms, nematodes and microorganisms in forensics, agriculture and nature conservation
Scientists from Chaminade University of Honolulu have identified a group of microorganisms that can be found on corpses at specific moments of their decomposition. It will make it easier to calculate the deceased’s time of death, which will be especially useful in criminal cases. In the study, a network of 20 different microorganisms appeared on […]
Cattle breeding vs climate and the problems of US meat producers
Cattle breeding vs climate and the problems of US meat producers
According to the results of research by specialists from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the carbon footprint of beef cattle in Spain per kilogram of meat produced is 66% lower than the world average, as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) claims. According to scientists, it is influenced by the efficiency […]
Previous issues