Acceptability and giving the women their rights of inheritance is a form of social protection, but its denial is making them more vulnerable to domestic and societal violence. Discourse on social protection has gained currency in the recent decades and has given a rapid economic transition in many developing countries across the world, including those in South Asia. Through its research on various aspects of violence against women, AWAZCDS- Pakistan has established view that violence is not only a women’s issue, or even a health issue, but an issue that influences the development process as a whole. Domestic violence costs development, obstructs participation in development processes and contradicts the goals of development.
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