“Divorces have increased since women started…”: Saeed Anwar’s sexist speech criticized on social networks

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Former Pakistan cricket team captain Saeed Anwar's controversial views on women's entry into the workforce and leading to more divorces have gone viral on social media. In a video that surfaced on social media, Anwar can be heard saying that divorces have increased by almost 30 percent in the last three years in Pakistan. He linked this to more women entering the workforce in the country. He also added in his sexist speech that due to their financial independence, women decided to run their own households according to their own wishes. The video attracted widespread criticism from users on social media.

“Since women started working in Pakistan, divorce rates have increased by 30 percent in the last three years,” Anwar said in the video that went viral on social media.

“Women say, 'To hell with it, I can make a living.' I can manage my household on my own.” It's quite a game plan. You won’t understand this game plan if you don’t find guidance,” he added.

Anwar went on to say that he had observed a similar trend all over the world and that families were suffering because of women entering the workforce.

“I have traveled the world. I just came back from Australia, from Europe. Young people are suffering, families are in bad shape. Couples fight. The situation is so bad that they have to make their wives work for money,” the former Pakistani cricketer comments in the video.

Anwar also made an explosive revelation that the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and an Australian mayor also expressed similar concerns to him.

“New Zealand captain Kane Williamson called me and asked, 'How is our society going to improve?'… The Australian mayor said to me, 'Our culture has been destroyed since our women have entered the labor market,'” he added.

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