PESHAWAR: In the legal profession of Pakistan, there is a considerable gender disparity. Women in positions of authority in the legal profession are significantly fewer. There has never been a female Supreme Court judge or Pakistani Attorney General.
To enhance women ‘s presence in the legal profession, the UNDP Amn-o-Insaf programme is encouraging female law students to complete their study and seek a career in law.
On the 15th of September 2021, the programme hosted a scholarship and stipend awarding event at the Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) office in Hayatabad, where young female law students were granted scholarships and stipends to help them complete their legal study. 32 LLB and LLM students received scholarships and stipends throughout the occasion.
During the event, Ms. Ayesha Bano, a member of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, stated “Women’s representation is important in every field of work but it is crucial in the legal profession because it not only helps women lawyers become financially independent but increases access to justice for other women by making it comfortable for them to seek legal assistance in times of need. With more women in law, we can ensure women’s influence in law and policy development as well”
These stipends will assist recent law graduates to finish their apprenticeships, get a license to practice law, and motivate them to enter the legal profession as they proceed to seek out their positions in professional employment.