COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ARTICLE 13(a), & 16, CONVENTION ON ELIMINATION OF ALL FORM OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN 1979, ISLAM & PRACTICES IN PAKISTAN
The instant study generally analyzes the concept of equality between men & women, and it also discusses the substantive provisions of Convention on Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The focus of the study is on Article 13(a) and 16 of CEDAW which demands equal rights and duties between men and women in the domain of family matters especially marriage, divorce and right of inheritance in comparison with Islamic principles and with reference to socio-legal practices in Pakistan. The study finds that both above mentioned provisions of CEDAW are at variance despite slight similarities with Islamic rules and values. It may also be said that Pakistani women rights’ prevailing conditions have been improving, but in practice, women still not only are treated unequally in terms of Article 13(a) and 16 of CEDAW, but also many of their rights are being abused even as against the Islamic values.