In the MDG area of promoting gender equality and empowering women (MDG 3), Pakistan has achieved one of the highest ratios of women parliamentarians in the South Asia Region. The proportion of women in the national parliament (National Assembly and Senate) stands at 22.2%.It can also be noted that on three out of the four indicators related to MDG 3 in Pakistan, progress is lagging. These three indicators include the Gender Parity Index (GPI) for youth literacy, secondary and primary education. Violence against women, though hard to quantify, is a global problem that knows no geopolitical borders. It is prevalent in different types and shapes in different coun­tries.