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Pakistan’s Suffragettes

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This article was originally published in Newsline’s March 2011 issue “There are already so many laws; why do we need new ones?” was one female politician’s response to enacting women-related legislation in the country. In January this year, in what was termed an ‘honour’ killing, a 21-year-old girl was electrocuted by her family because she […]

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The dark silence.

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She is sitting alone in the corner of an empty room wrapped in a white cloth stained by the blood seeping from her bruises and wet from the tears she has been shedding. In the other room her mother is being comforted by a few friendly ladies, when she shrieks again “Ooh God they ruined […]

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Portrait of Dishonour

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Portrait of Dishonour By Farieha Aziz 27 JANUARY 2011 Niilofur Farrukh. Photo: Jamal Ashiqain “No Honour in Killing: Making Visible Buried Truth,” a show intended to raise social awareness through art, was initiated as a project in 2008, soon after the Naseerabad ‘honour’ killings made the headlines. According to its curator Niilofur Farrukh, it began […]

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Mukhtar Mai Fearful For Her Security

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This article was originally published on the Newsline blog on April 28, 2011 With the arrival of the acquitted men back in the village, Mukhtar Mai is now fearful for her security. The programme manager for the Mukhtar Mai Women’s Organisation and her spokesperson, Naeem Malik, tells Newslinethat since the release of the five men on […]

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Fariha Akhtar talks about take back the tech

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Fariha Akhtar, blogger, software engineer and new tweet-activist, talks about why she decided to support the Take Back the Tech campaign and what she has been doing as part of the 16 days of Activism against Violence against Women.

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Interview: Anis Haroon, National Commission on the Status of Women

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This interview was originally published in Newsline’s March 2011 issue Anis Haroon “The government has the political will, but we face hurdles from the bureaucracy” – Anis Haroon, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women Q: What authority does the National Commission on the Status of Women have as a body? A: The NCSW is […]

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The Rapists are Free, But so What?

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This article was originally published on Newsline’s blog on April 25, 2011 As always, public opinion is divided on the subject of Mukhtar Mai’s verdict, as it is on many contentious issues. While many are saying that the release of the five accused is a huge let down and that the Supreme Court should have […]