Sahar Habib Ghazi

Sahar Habib Ghazi

The author is a managing editor at Global Voices. She was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2011. She has worked as a journalist in Pakistan. She helped launch the country's first English language TV station and produced a TV series on US-Pakistan relations, called the Disposable Ally. She tweets as @SaharHGhazi (

Women, power, privilege and Black Friday videos in Pakistan

Every year during the US post-Thanksgiving Day Black Friday sales, videos of brawls in the midst of the shopping madness at “big box” stores like Walmart and Target go viral. This year in Pakistan, on the same day, a video was widely shared of women fighting during a one-year anniversary sale at the retail store Sapphire, which claims to provide “affordable designer clothes to the masses”. The Sapphire sale — like the door-buster Black Friday sales at Walmart— is designed to create a mad rush. Sapphire marked down limited, heavily-marketed and widely-desired products by 50 per cent. If you didn’t get to the ...

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