In September MEP Rafaela  submitted parliamentary questions to Commission Vice-President in charge of external relations, Josep Borrell Fontelles in response to the various reported cases of brutal sexual violence happening in Pakistan.

In response to this she was interview by Pakistan Geo.tv on her views on the proposed actions to be taken to address this systematic problem.  As stated in her submitted parliamentary questions, MEP Samira Rafaela calls for concrete actions to be taken to address women’s rights, in particular violent crimes committed against women and girls in Pakistan, as well as the need to launch a reform of the police force. The EU is a development partner for Pakistan and the protection of women’s rights should be the basis for any EU partnerships and EU funding for development.