This policy briefing presents out key messages and policy recommendations drawing on research with Hindu women in Pakistan. Through first-hand accounts of marginalisation and discrimination, the research explored the reality of life in Pakistan for poor Hindu women and girls who face intersecting and overlapping inequalities due to their religious identity, their gender and their caste. In Pakistan, Hindu women may facing violence, discrimination and exclusion, lack of access to education, transportation and health care, along with occupational discrimination and a high threat of abduction, forced conversion and forced marriage.
This policy briefing draws on the paper, ‘Poor Marginalised Hindu Women in Pakistan’ published ‘Discrimination against Women of Religious Minority Backgrounds in Pakistan‘. It was produced by the IDS-led Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID).