Archive for the ‘Women’ Category

This story has been cross-posted in my website, http://gawaahi.com. If you haven’t seen it yet, please go over and have a look. Gawaahi.com was conceived at a wedding. I know how that sounds, but it’s true. Sana Saleem had just returned from Islamabad where she had trained to record digital stories. I had returned from […]


Today I learnt a new statistic. 95 percent of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and degrading images online spaces are aimed at women. This is a global phenomenon but one that can be and is overlooked. After all, when we think of violence, it is physical assault that comes to mind. What takes place in […]


One of the first things Sahar Ali of Panos impresses upon me is that the HIV virus spares no one. “Anyone can get HIV/AIDS. Every one of us is vulnerable,” she said gesturing to herself and me. Through her employing non-government organisation, Sahar and her team have been recording oral testimonies of Pakistani women living […]


The failure of the Lahore police to register a case against the alleged and likely murderers of twelve-year-old Shazia, giving them the time to escape is a glaring example of the complicity of authorities in crimes against the underprivileged. The details of Shazia’s story are horrific. She first turned up on the national pages of […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=dog+fight&iid=7375320″ src=”6/5/9/0/Dog_Fighting_Returns_1161.JPG?adImageId=8871509&imageId=7375320″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] There appears to be a developing trend of Pakistani leaders abusing each other on live national television. I am not sure what it means, but I find it to be a source of embarrassment and distress. What is also quite upsetting and perhaps, that is what makes […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+women+protest&iid=848492″ src=”7/c/d/7/Pakistani_Journalists_Protest_478f.jpg?adImageId=8762070&imageId=848492″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] Not too long ago, I was at a media event. As most media events go, unless the occasion has been organised to comment on women in the profession, they are usually male-dominated with a smattering of women present. Here we had about half a dozen men and, […]