Stories about Pakistani women

Proactive women fight for women!

At the second South Asian Women in Media conference in Bhurban over the weekend, there were no simple answers to address all the concerns raised. But there was a unanimous resolution to fight the rightwing propaganda that is increasingly dominating the media and the regressive mindset it represents. Women as journalists, anchors, actresses and directors are breaking stereotypes. They are braving death threats from militants and fighting harassment and discrimination. The delegates were from diverse backgrounds and represented a cross-section of the media. We endorsed a declaration to oppose restrictions on freedom. But more important than any document was the ...

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Muslim women are empowered and confident

 Do you have to wear a burqa when you are at home? It was a legitimate question, coming from peers, sometimes professors and occasionally even friends while I was in college in the United States. It wasn’t the innocence of the question itself, but rather the oppressive perception that followed which encouraged me to use my lens in order to express the complexity of being a woman in a country like Pakistan. I wanted to say no, that while some women were painted black head-to-toe, some draped a casual chaddar (shawl) on their heads, some roamed in jeans, while others went to underground ...

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Why women just aren’t funny

Humour is a funny thing. Take a man with a good sense of humour and combine it with a face that looks like his neck threw up on it and what you have is a ‘studmuffin’, who will have a bevy of beauties agreeing to throw their heads back for more than just laughing. But funny women, who may or may not be funny looking, never get the same response. Because ‘funniness’ is a trait that only men dominate. That’s a skill only men take pride in. Since there’s more value placed on being beautiful, women don’t mind falling into ...

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My dream for Pakistan

A couple of months ago I witnessed an elderly man, approximately 70 years old, being violently shoved off the side of the road by a policeman who was clearing the way for a 10-car protocol of a federal minister. Incidents like these are not rare and it seems as though we have grown accustomed to them. But that doesn’t mean we don’t think they are wrong. You often hear people arguing about ‘which hidden arm’ is behind specific problems in our country; whether it’s the politicians, RAW, or the army – it’s an endless debate. But in truth, the average Pakistani just wants to ...

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