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The third gender’s right to dignity

June 1, 2012

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May 31, 2012 By recognising the rights of the transgender community, the state is not doling out largesse; it is only performing its duty under the Constitution They came beautifully dressed, some a tad brightly, but all beautifully and proudly, there was much chatter, and a lot of sisterhood. It was the public hearing of […]

Jirga decision: Authorities move to save ‘condemned’ Kohistani women

May 29, 2012

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By Muhammad SadaqatPublished: May 29, 2012 Local police chief said that a police party, headed by a deputy superintendent police, has been sent to Seertaiy village to recover the girls who, The Express Tribune reported, were locked in a room and were being starved. KOHISTAN: In a bid to preempt the execution of six people […]

Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays

April 24, 2012

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Why aren’t schools doing more to educate children about forced marriage? Louise Tickleguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Jasvinder Sanghera, of the charity Karma Nirvana, talks to pupils at Landau Forte college, Derby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, […]

Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012

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Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

Pakistani Judge Upholds 3 Women’s Conversions

April 20, 2012

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B.K. Bangash/Associated PressFaryal Shah, center, leaving the Supreme Court in Islamabad under tight security last month. By SALMAN MASOODPublished: April 18, 2012 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A controversy over religious conversions that has captivated Pakistanis was resolved in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a judge ruled that three Hindu women who converted to Islam under disputed […]

Fistula – Another Blight on the Child Bride

April 20, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Bano and her cleric husband campaigning against child marriage. Credit:Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI, Pakistan, Apr 13, 2012 (IPS) – It was personal experience that turned Gul Bano and her cleric husband, Ahmed Khan, into ambassadors against early marriage and its worst corollary – obstetric fistula which allows excretory matter to flow out through […]

War on Terror Traumatises Pakistani Women

April 16, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Women in Pakistan’s tribal areas show signs of mental stress. Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Apr 16, 2012 (IPS) – Collateral damage caused by the ‘war on terror’, prosecuted by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan since 2001, may well extend to psychological trauma sustained by thousands of women in the […]

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam

April 11, 2012

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Wealthy, educated women are increasingly embracing the trend for religious inquiry and observance Jason Burke in Lahoreguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Pakistani Muslim women celebrating Eid al-Adhi in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images All the women working in the information technology division of the Bank of Punjab’s headquarters in the western Pakistani city of Lahore […]

Hindu Girls Targeted in Coerced Conversions

April 1, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Dhan Bai received a certificate from a madrassa saying her daughter had converted to Islam. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS. KARACHI, Mar 30, 2012 (IPS) – Bharti, a 15-year-old Hindu girl living in the Lyari area in Karachi, left home for her sewing class last December, never to return. Three days later, her father Narain […]

Social attitudes: Three fourths of minority women report harassment

April 1, 2012

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By Shamsul IslamPublished: March 31, 2012 ” 14 % respondents report firsthand knowledge of abduction of a woman, 8 % of a forced conversion and 3 % of trafficking Minority Women in Pakistan report. FAISALABAD: As many as 76 per cent of the respondents in a survey of Christian and Hindu women in the Punjab […]

Saving Face: A Conversation with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

March 17, 2012

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Janis Mackey Frayer, South Asia Bureau Chief | CTV News | Thursday Mar. 8, 2012 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts the Oscar for best documentary short for ‘Saving Face’ during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) In 2009, I watched Saira Liaqat in the doorway of the tiny house in […]

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Reflects on Oscar Win and What it Means for Pakistan

February 29, 2012

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By Sadia Ashraf, February 29, 2012 / followed by  “Pakistan’s First Oscar Win Explores Efforts to End Acid Violence in Pakistan” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar Academy Award win for Pakistan last Sunday, a first for the country, is a bittersweet victory. While the country rejoices in the worldwide recognition of an Oscar for Saving Face as […]

Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

January 30, 2012

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PAKISTAN-INDIABy Zofeen Ebrahim A Bohra woman in traditional costume. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS KARACHI, Jan 30, 2012 (IPS) – “It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,” […]

Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

January 30, 2012

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PAKISTAN-INDIABy Zofeen Ebrahim A Bohra woman in traditional costume. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS KARACHI, Jan 30, 2012 (IPS) – “It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,” […]

FATA political representation: One woman talks about gender equality

January 22, 2012

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By Sumera KhanPublished: January 22, 2012 Young Dur-e-Shahwar, who is in her 20s, was only woman amongst tribal elders who gathered for a jirga in Peshawar  ISLAMABAD:In the conservative society of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) where women are rarely seen in public, Dur-e-Shahwar embraced the challenge of representing the women of Mohmand Agency […]

PAKISTAN: Mutilated for venturing outdoors

January 13, 2012

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PESHAWAR, 11 January 2012 (IRIN) – In Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, very few girls go to school due to threats by the Taliban. Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINTaliban threats are making life miserable for many girls and women in remote areas of Pakistan “When I hired a tutor so my two […]

Million Names Million Voices: Break the Silence to End Violence against Women & Girls

January 11, 2012

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Pakistan is saying NO to violence against women and breaking the silence with its One Million Signature campaign! UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Rights, the End Violence against Women Alliance in Pakistan and UN partners, launched the “One Million Signature Campaign” during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. […]

PAKISTAN Girls Defuse This Taliban Bomb

January 4, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Children come back to a school destroyed in Bajuar Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region in northern Pakistan.  Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS. PESHAWAR, Jan 4, 2012 (IPS) – Suicide bombing is down, bomb attacks are fewer, but the Taliban are keeping up attacks on girls’ schools. In retaliation, a growing number […]

PAKISTAN Girls Defuse This Taliban Bomb

January 4, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Children come back to a school destroyed in Bajuar Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region in northern Pakistan.  Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS. PESHAWAR, Jan 4, 2012 (IPS) – Suicide bombing is down, bomb attacks are fewer, but the Taliban are keeping up attacks on girls’ schools. In retaliation, a growing number […]

‘Honour’ killings continue to be a disgrace

August 9, 2011

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By Aruna Papp, Calgary Herald August 6, 2011 Arif Mubashir, a Pakistani father of six daughters, called them into his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including the mother, Musarrat, watched. The six daughters were gunned down because their brother suspected that two of them (Razia, 16, and Sameena, 14) “were […]

‘Honour’ killings continue to be a disgrace

August 9, 2011

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By Aruna Papp, Calgary Herald August 6, 2011 Arif Mubashir, a Pakistani father of six daughters, called them into his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including the mother, Musarrat, watched. The six daughters were gunned down because their brother suspected that two of them (Razia, 16, and Sameena, 14) “were […]

Education in Pakistan – one year after the monsoon floods

July 28, 2011

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By Rudina Vojvoda © UNICEF/PAKA2010-00441/Marta RamonedaA girl at a UNICEF-supported school in a relief camp for people affected by the floods in Sukkur, Pakistan. NEW YORK, USA, 27 July 2011 – The floods that hit Pakistan one year ago are considered to be the worst in its history. Triggered by the annual monsoon rains, the […]

Education in Pakistan – one year after the monsoon floods

July 28, 2011

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By Rudina Vojvoda © UNICEF/PAKA2010-00441/Marta RamonedaA girl at a UNICEF-supported school in a relief camp for people affected by the floods in Sukkur, Pakistan. NEW YORK, USA, 27 July 2011 – The floods that hit Pakistan one year ago are considered to be the worst in its history. Triggered by the annual monsoon rains, the […]

Killing of infants on the rise in Pakistan

July 22, 2011

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By Reza Sayah, CNNJuly 20, 2011 Pakistan tragedy: The killing of newborn girls Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) — At a morgue in Pakistan’s largest city, five linen pouches — each the size of a loaf of bread — line the shelf of a walk-in freezer. Wrapped inside each small sack is the corpse of an infant. […]

Killing of infants on the rise in Pakistan

July 22, 2011

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By Reza Sayah, CNNJuly 20, 2011 Pakistan tragedy: The killing of newborn girls Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) — At a morgue in Pakistan’s largest city, five linen pouches — each the size of a loaf of bread — line the shelf of a walk-in freezer. Wrapped inside each small sack is the corpse of an infant. […]