Violence against women is a global struggle

In Pakistan, the story of Nasreen (not her real name) has inspired legal reforms in the provincial Parliament in Punjab: in 2002, Nasreen said, “My husband hired three men and got me raped in front of him because I was tired of his abuse and demanded the divorce that Islam gave me a right to”. The resolutions at the provincial level, in turn, created pressure on the federal government of Pakistan, then led by Pervez Musharraf, to amend the nation’s criminal laws to protect women against domestic abuse