It’s Your Fault- A Pakistani Guide To Rape Culture Part II

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This is the second of a two-part article on rape culture, how it exists in Pakistan, and how it can be dismantled. In the first part of this article, we explained rape culture, and discussed it within a Pakistani context. One of the biggest hurdles for gender equity in Pakistan is that anti-women practices, customs, […]


Whither Privacy: Unkept Promises of Social Media Apps

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Privacy is a core concern in a world where social media and mobile phone apps are the main focus for people. Sadly, most people do not realize the fact that the only privacy social media or apps leave them with is either non-existent or a miniscule amount. This is especially true for apps that target […]


A Guide to Gender-Neutral Language

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A Guide to Gender-Neutral Language Gender-inclusive language or gender-neutral language is written and spoken language that does not a) specify or indicate gender in any way and b) as a result of being ‘gender-neutral’, does not become sexist or exclusive to one gender. Why does Gender-Neutral Language matter? Language is constant evolving because that is […]


Of Legal Theory & Pakistani Politics

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James Madison, an American statesman, a political theorist and fourth President of the United States of America from 1809 to 1817 once stated: “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or […]

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It’s Your Fault- A Pakistani Guide To Rape Culture

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This is the first of a two-part article on rape culture, how it exists in Pakistan, and how it can be dismantled Once again, the country is wracked with anger and shame over the gang-rape and murder of a girl in Layyah. The incident occurred less than a month after the brutal public murder of […]

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Pale Realities: Pakistan’s Obsession With Fair Skin

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Pakistan’s advertising industry is no stranger to controversy. From lawn advertisements outraging conservative sensibilities due to supposedly provocative imagery, to witty sanitary napkin ads( based on Wikileaks), there’s always a product or an ad that is  debated upon furiously. The current ad being discussed, however, is controversial, not because of the content of the advertisement […]

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“This reflects a deeply flawed counter-terrorism policy”

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Published in The News on Sunday on October 13th – Special Report Sana Saleem, an award-winning blogger, is an activist working on minority rights and internet freedom, and co-founder of Pakistani Internet advocacy group Bolo Bhi The News on Sunday: What’s your take on the government’s decision to block Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication channels? Is […]


Letter to the German Embassy

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                                                                                                                                                                       Petra Speyrer                Consular and Legal Section German Embassy Islamabad Ramna 5, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, PAKISTAN P.O. Box 1027, Islamabad, PAKISTAN Tel:  (0092-51) 227 9430 – 35 Subject: Letter to The Federal Republic of Germany’s Embassy in Pakistan: Call for Transparency, Accountability & Action Following Reports On FinFisher’s Presence […]