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Different Roles of Pakistani Women in Society



Women, The most important part of any society around the globe, including Pakistan perform their duties as  an active part of their countries , societies  and families very well.  

Pakistani women either educated or uneducated, from rural areas or urban areas, working or non working,   they are also an awaken part of our society and play a vital role in our society, we can see, they play role in every field and perform very well.

No doubt we have a long list of amazing women who made us proud in the world. We have women Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Teachers, Scientists, Pilots, Politicians,  Artists, Journalists, Writers, IT professionals etc etc etc....., even if they are not educated they worked at their own level,  working in fields, at homes and help their families financially and emotionally as well.

Posting few pictures of well known Pakistani women.



Politicians


Ms. Fatima Jinnah



Begum Jahan Ara Shahnawaz

Begum Shaista IKram Ullah


Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan


Beanazir Bhutto 

Hina Rabbani


Marvi Memon
















Scientists

Dr. Farzana Shaheen
Mariam Sultana 




Fighter Pilot



Ayesha Farooq




Writers 

Bano Qudsia
Bapsi Sidhwa

Haseena Moin 
fatima suraiya bajia

Ayesha Siddiqua




































































Astronaut 



Nimra Salim


















Singers




Mehnaz Begum
Madam Noor Jehan


Farida Khanam

There are more and more and more will add some more pics soon


Women Friendly Organization




Beaconhouse School System 

A Women Friendly Organization

 
 
We all always talk about the injustice and inequality with the women in our country,  although these are the realities and one should never deny but while talking about these cruelness of society and people we should never forget about the people and organizations who are working remarkably for the benefit of women in our country.

Beaconhouse School System is one of those. Mrs. Nasreen Kasuri, the chairperson of beaconhouse school system founded it in 1975 and now it is the largest school system of its kind in the world. As far as Mrs. Kasuri's significant role  in developing the private education sector in Pakistan, she has also played an important role in women's empowerment in the country. 

Happy women employees of Beaconhouse School System
62 % of Beaconhouse employees are women which includes a very high percentage of women in upper management.

Beaconhouse School system  hire women, pay them a very smart salary and a provide them a great environment to work with a peace of mind and above all,  the system trained them , groomed them, and polished them not only to make them a better employee for the system  but it helps to transformed them as confident qualified individuals, by this, the system not only get benefits for its own but it injects power in our society and in our country's economy too. These qualified, trained and confident women are working as a silent support system for  our socitey and country as well. These women share their abilities and skills with their families, friends and off course with the society . Beaconhouse school system is doing such a remarkable job for women's professional development and providing them an excellent environment to work and grow professionally.

I am proud of myself as a part of Beaconhouse School Systems and  thankful to the system for working for the betterment of Pakistani women in this society where we badly needed
" Women Friendly Organizations".



 
 

Stop it !


 


Stop violence against women.. 


Language may differ  but the message is very clear " Stop violence against women".

This message spreading widely through a campaign. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. It runs each year from November 25th: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10th: Human Rights Day. Coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, the Campaign has seen over 4,100 organizations in 172 countries participate since 1991.

The 16 Days Campaign is dedicated to:

Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue; Strengthening local work around violence against women; Providing a forum to develop and share strategies; Demonstrating the solidarity of activists around the world; and Calling governments to account, respond, protect, and prevent violence against women.

A very much needed campaign for my country where we really need to aware our women about their rights and a need to change in our society about their abnormal behaviors towards a very important part of their society Women. As we all know its a very slow process but I strongly believe that with continuous efforts we can bring the change... a big positive change.


In 2011 Violence against women in Pakistan has been increased 6.74 per cent as compared to 2010.


A newly issued report of Aurat Foundation (AF) a leading women’s rights organization. Says that , “8539 different incidents of violence occurred against women in different parts of Pakistan which shows 6.74 per cent increase in violence against women in 2011 as compared to 2010.”

The report says the number of violence against women remained high in Punjab where 6188 cases of violence against women have been registered, 1316 in Sindh, 694 in Kyber Pakhtunkhowa (KPK) and 193 in Balochistan. “322 women were killed in the name of honour in Punjab, 266 in Sindh, 86 in Balochistan and 30 cases were surfaced  in KPK in 2011” the report added. According to the report the number of reported cases of rape and gang rape are 827 and 734 have been reported in Punjab. for more click here

In Pakistan the total population is 180million, amongst which women make 51% of the whole population. There have been 2nd class citizenship given to women. The laws against domestic violence is not executed at all. In the year 2011 more than 8,000 cases of offenses against women were reported in media. The unreported are still beneath the attention of laws.

At any day, pick a news paper, you will find a report about violence of any kind against women.

What are the forms of violence against women?  

In Pakistan, in addition to the obvious brutalities to victimize females such as the physical and psychological violence, gross injustice like lack of independence to women in their personal choices and the absence of fair opportunities in life  exists as well.   In most cases, society and culture work hand in hand against the common Pakistani woman. Below are some examples:

2. Pakistani women denied right to work late.

  • This all happens in our society because we live in a society where  men were and are still considered to be the bread-winner.
  • Parents pampering the boy child and discriminating the girl child which gives a superiority complex to most typical males in our society.
  • Illiteracy and extremism is a big cause.
  • Forced marriages are still a form of torture prevalent throughout the country.  

 The United Nations estimates that nearly 70 per cent of women in the world suffer from some form of violence during their lifetime; in Pakistan perhaps the percentage is even higher. for more click here. The bottom line is violence prevails because we allow  it to.

The time has come that we should take a stand and try to stop all kinds of violence against women in our own households and the women who work outside their homes.

Watch this video..... think!!!!
 I hope you will do your part and will rise at least your voice against the Violence. you can register your voice by commenting on this blog.....Speak up!!!!!



You may also like to read :
 
Harrasment of Women at work place

Who killed Farida Afridi

Land of Burnt Faces

See what students think about Violence against women  click here





 



Global Entrepreneurship Week – A Road Map Of Entrepreneurs








Young Female Entrepreneurs,  Future of Pakistan....


Brian Tracy said , " A society is prosperous only to the degree to which it rewards and encourages entrepreneurial activity because it is the entrepreneurs and their activities that are the critical determinant of the level of success, prosperity, growth and opportunity in any economy.

Unfortunately Pakistan has the lowest entrepreneurial activity in South Asia, and this about the whole, if we talk about women entrepreneurship in Pakistan the situation is worst. Women have strong economic rights in Islam and there is a tradition of women in business,women entrepreneurs face larger obstacles in accessing credit, training, networks and information, barriers in the legal and policy framework and as a result may not achieve. Women entrepreneurship is also considered very important for women empowerment. There are several reasons which stop young men and women of our country to start their own business and join the entrepreneurs ' community.


This week is being celebrated as Global Entrepreneurship Week around the globe to promote entrepreneurial activities in the region and to provide a platform to youngsters where they can share not only different ideas but their fears and their ambitions with each other. In Karachi GEW was organized by CIPE and celebrated at Marriott, where the lead speakers of the session were Hammad Siddiqui ( social media strategist and Deputy Country Director CIPE  ) , Talha Ansari (Director at Xenith PR & event) and Kamal Faridi (CEO at 22 four).


A thoughtful session where different thoughts were shared by mainly the students from IBA,  ZABIST, Indus Valley school of Art and different universities and institutions of Karachi. What I like most about the session is the presence and active participation of  young female students or I must say future entrepreneurs in a large number. The all young females took an active part in the discussion and share their brilliant ideas with others they also discussed about the problems they faced and the problems they could be face i.e
  •  Law & enforcement situation
  • Society hurdles
  • lack of facilities
  • legal problems
  • financial issues
  • family bounding.
etc etc etc.....   never ending problems. I am happy to know that all young women were well aware about the problems,  hurdles and boundaries but still they are ambitious to choose entrepreneurship as their career. I want to mention here the name of the person Mr. Moin M. Fudda (Country Director CIPE) who inspired almost all youngsters  including me by sharing his experiences of life and struggle on the way of entrepreneurship.

In the same country where young females would not be allowed to get education  I can see the young girls presenting their ideas about their future business, they are discussing about how they can solve the problems and clear their way to success. I left the room with a new hope of betterment of our society. Thank you CIPE for creating an opportunity for the young females in this male entrepreneurial  world. :)

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Women Empowerment in Pakistan


 



 

Women Empowerment in Pakistan

on its way...........



 

Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah said, " “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.” well its a very well self explanatory quote, Jinnah said in 1947, a hot topic for discussion and most needed action of these days around the globe. 
Pakistani women gradually get confidence
 

Women's situation in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the women have no contribution in most activities or decision making, and this can be seen as a major obstacle towards development. And women’s participation in civil and social activities, and their contribution on a national and international level, is necessary in order to  progress gender equality and reduce gender disparities, thus steering the country towards development. Furthermore, there is no doubt that without women’s participation, a country is unable to achieve success in matters relating to politics, sports, and the economy etc.

Women possess equal rights, as much as men do in progressing development –  be at home, or in formal or informal environments, women are taking their responsibilities seriously, and in a sincere and committed way.

 The women make more than half the population of the country, but sadly they are not treated well. Struggle from different non governmental organizations and some courageous women of the country to make a change in their lives showing a ray of hope to every female. Domestic violence is one the harsh realities of a Pakistani women. Activists who work for women cause say that many women remain in violent relationships because they believe they must obey their husbands and that divorce is a shame. Majority of the women population has same thoughts because of lack of education. One third of women in Pakistan are uneducated and have very little concept about making their own choices. 

 According to a report of NGO White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) Pakistani women are subject to increasing abuse. Increased cases of violence are being reported each year in Pakistan. According to the report: “sexual harassment at the workplace, abuse, beating, and rape were some of the forms of violence against women.”

Misconception about women empowerment

 In general, few people have misconception that women empowerment and gender equality is a foreign agenda, people also think that women empowerment will destroy their society set up and women will not obey their husbands or their family,   but its only misconception women all over the world have been facing challenges and gender inequalities since the beginnings of history.


According to Quran and Hadith

Quran and the Hadith  both also emphasize on the protection of the rights of women, including the rights of education, worship, freedom of opinion, choice of spouse, economic freedom and social role.


So what should we do ? 

 Pakistan government has taken many measures to enhance the participation of women in economic sphere but instead of all this, there is a terrible need to upgrade the status of women in society and it is only possible through giving them protection legally and mentally. She should be given access and control over resources. An effective mechanism should be institutionalized to enable the women in decision making at all levels. Subject of gender studies should be introduced from secondary level in the course curriculum, provision of women friendly infrastructure and environment at workplace, research and documentation on the achievements of women and launching of awareness raising campaigns among citizens on gender and development.

Pakistani women can achieve their goal by joining hands together and motivating each other. Educate women which will ensure awareness of what is happening to women around the world today is an essential step towards improving their situation. It is a surprising fact that women are made to do some of the things simply because of the fact that they are women. No one can change the world by themselves, but many people doing a little can make a real difference in the society.



Women and Men Need to Pull Together and Unite Forces:

A famous  Pakistani saying :
“A man and a woman are like two wheels of a cart. The cart can move fast and safely when both of them are pulling the cart in the same direction, and with equal strength, but if one of the wheels is damage, nothing will be possible.”

Bottom Line

 No developing country or society can afford to ignore the role of a woman, if it desires progress.

Click here to watch a video about women empowerment in Pakistan.

Readers, need your feedback and your views about the issue.





 

Harassment at workplace




 


Bigger than any issue, Sexual Harassment of women at workplace is the most common issue around the globe. without any restriction of race, religion, country or society women around the world facing the issue at all levels, either she is working in a office or in a field, the problem is same.
Harassment at work place



What is a sexual harassment? 

 

According to Wikipedia Sexual harassment is intimidation, bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors In most modern legal contexts sexual harassment is illegal. As defined by EEOC, "It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Although it applies on both women and men but unfortunately in this men's world women suffer in a large number. ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that One in four U.S women has experienced workplace sexual harassment, now come to home sweet home,
In Pakistan harassment at the workplace is, to date, not recognized as a punishable offense, 

don't know how long we should wait to get the recognition like so many other issues. Because of this many women do not get as much support as they should get, in fact a complaint can create even more problems for the woman  being harassed. I know a couple of NGOs who work for the said issue one is Bedari  and the second is Aasha an umbrella group of six NGOs formed in 2001, assisted in drafting a code of conduct for the workplace, which has served as the foundation of the anti-harassment bill. Data on the number of women affected by harassment is hard to come by since there is no law under which cases can be registered.
Ambreen Ajaib who has been working as a  psychologist with Bedari said I see about 50 to 70 women per year. Now the question is why these women need to see a psychologist, the answer is because the sexual harassment of women at workplace effects them and have very serious consequences.

Maheen Usmani, who used to work at Dunya TV, says she faced even more problems after she filed a complaint against the channel's managing director, Yousaf Mirza Baig. "He would call me late at night, stare me down during meetings and eventually he started cutting out TV reports that I had worked on." In what eventually became a famous case, Usmani says she was barred from entering her own office and later heard defamatory rumours about herself. 

There are so many women around us in real life who suffered or still facing the situation, I was also a victim of harassment at work place, and I cannot forget the stress, indirect pressure and unpleasant working conditions, and I could not got any help due to lack of awareness about the issue.


Effects of sexual harassment:


According to Advocate for human Rights,  Sexual harassment at work can have very serious consequences both for the harassed individual as well as for other working women who experience it secondhand.
The consequences to the individual employee can be many and serious.  In some situations, a harassed woman risks losing her job or the chance for a promotion if she refuses to give in to the sexual demands of someone in authority.  In other situations, the unwelcome sexual conduct of co-workers makes the working conditions hostile and unpleasant- putting indirect pressure on her to leave the job.  Sometimes, the employee is so traumatized by the harassment that she suffers serious emotional and physical consequences—and very often, becomes unable to perform her job properly.

According to data complied by Equal Rights Advocates, a women’s law center in the U.S., 90 to 95% of sexually harassed women suffer from some debilitating stress reaction, including anxiety, depression, headaches, sleep disorders, weight loss or gain, nausea, lowered self-esteem. The effect on the morale of all employees can also be serious.  Both men and women in a workplace can find their work disrupted by sexual harassment even if they are not directly involved.  Sexual harassment can have a demoralizing effect on everyone within range of it, and it often negatively impacts company productivity on the whole. 

Despite the fact that due to great Red tape we are not able a get a  right time for having a law for the said issue we still hope and looking forward to an  Anti Harassment bill and of course  the implementation of the bill, which  is the most important part. 

Your views will be welcome openly about the issue,  do write.....







 







Violence against women rise in Pakistan.



Violence against women rise in Pakistan.

violence against women raise in Pakistan

 In 2011 Violence against women in Pakistan has been increased 6.74 per cent as compared to 2010. 

A newly issued report of Aurat Foundation (AF) a leading women’s rights organization. Says that , “8539 different incidents of violence occurred against women in different parts of Pakistan which shows 6.74 per cent increase in violence against women in 2011 as compared to 2010.”
The report says the number of violence against women remained high in Punjab where 6188 cases of violence against women have been registered, 1316 in Sindh, 694 in Kyber Pakhtunkhowa (KPK) and 193 in Balochistan. “322 women were killed in the name of honour in Punjab, 266 in Sindh, 86 in Balochistan and 30 cases were surfaced  in KPK in 2011” the report added. According to the report the number of reported cases of rape and gang rape are 827 and 734 have been reported in Punjab. for more click here

In Pakistan the total population is 180million, amongst which women make 51% of the whole population. There have been 2nd class citizenship given to women. The laws against domestic violence is not executed at all. In the year 2011 more than 8,000 cases of offenses against women were reported in media. The unreported are still beneath the attention of laws.

At any day, pick a news paper, you will find a report about violence of any kind against women.

What are the forms of violence against women?  

In Pakistan, in addition to the obvious brutalities to victimize females such as the physical and psychological violence, gross injustice like lack of independence to women in their personal choices and the absence of fair opportunities in life  exists as well.   In most cases, society and culture work hand in hand against the common Pakistani woman. Below are some examples:

2. Pakistani women denied right to work late.

  • This all happens in our society because we live in a society where  men were and are still considered to be the bread-winner.
  • Parents pampering the boy child and discriminating the girl child which gives a superiority complex to most typical males in our society.
  • Illiteracy and extremism is a big cause.
  • Forced marriages are still a form of torture prevalent throughout the country.  

 The United Nations estimates that nearly 70 per cent of women in the world suffer from some form of violence during their lifetime; in Pakistan perhaps the percentage is even higher. for more click here. The bottom line is violence prevails because we allow  it to.

The time has come that we should take a stand and try to stop all kinds of violence against women in our own households and the women who work outside their homes.

Watch this video..... think!!!!
 I hope you will do your part and will rise at least your voice against the Violence. you can register your voice by commenting on this blog.....Speak up!!!!!




Who stops Pakistani women to Vote ?


A women cast her vote in a polling station


Who stops Pakistani women to Vote ?

 

Women's suffrage  ( is the right of women to vote and to run for office) has been achieved at various times in various countries throughout the world. In many countries women's suffrage was granted before universal suffrage, so women (and men) from certain classes or races were still unable to vote, while some granted it to both sexes at the same time. According to a timeline lists years when women's suffrage was enacted in various places.

Pakistan declared independence on the 14th of August 1947. In 1956 right to vote extended to national level, previously only literate women could vote,  yes according to Constitution of Pakistan women can vote,  they have equal rights - but in certain areas men do not allow them to go outside of the house to cast their vote. Women may face two distinct barriers to exercising their right to vote. First, costs of participation may be too high. Traditions or cultural stereotypes may discourage the exercise. Second, women may have fewer or poorer sources of information about the significance of political participation or the balloting process.  women are often not registered as voters because they face opposition from male household heads and that female turnout is low because women lack knowledge about the electoral system and about voting. wish to read more, click here.

Women constitute for more than fifty percent of the population of Pakistan. Their participation in the elections is vital to ensure election of right candidate. However if one looks at the women participation in the past elections a sad reality comes to light that their participation has been less than expected. The women in urban areas have to some extent participated in the elections and casted their votes however the percentage has been quite low. Even the highly educated women often stay away from casting their vote. In the rural areas the situation is even worse. Either the women do not cast their votes at all or they act on the advice of the male members of the family. This way often not so deserving candidates get elected and deserving ones lose. The low voter turnaround among women voters is further highlighted by the fact that in 2008 elections average male voter turnaround in the country was almost 49.8% while in women voters it was almost 39.7%.

Women really want to go outside but they're not allowed to. They are dependent on men. In big cities it is different but in some areas, traditions are very strong so they can't.

There are two very different realities. There are women who have become prominent figures in every field of life. They are ministers, members of national and provincial assemblies and political leaders, but on the other hand, there are other women who are the most oppressed class of society. There are many areas in the country where women are deprived from their right of casting votes including Mardan, Shangla and other area like Mianwali.  A modern history states that elders and religious leaders attempted to prevent female participation by threatening punishment against tribesmen whose women registered, leading to under-registration in the female population. In 2008, the Taliban ordered women in the FATA regions of Bajaur, Kurram and Mohmand not to vote under threat of "serious punishment," while Mangal Bagh, chief of the Lashkar-e-Islam, forbade women to vote in the Jamrud and Bara subdivisions of the Khyber Agency. Not only in KPK or tribal areas wherever we have feudal system or have a low or no literacy rate women not allowed to poll.

watch the video
 



A very good article to read about women polling, click here to read.

Dear readers, please feel free to write your comments as well as your suggestion to increase percentage of women voters in Pakistan.






Pakistani women in Asian Championship



Pakistani women in Asian Championship

 

There is no doubt that Pakistani women are really really talented in all parts of life even in sport fields. Now two young Pakistani females prove it again that they have a lot to show, now the world will see their talent in Asian Championship and the field is very masculine
 " Karate".

Beenish Akbar and Kulsoom will become the first female karate players to represent Pakistan in a continental tournament after they were named in the eight-member squad for the Asian Championship.


In South Asian Karate Championship held in New Delhi, Kulsum winning two gold, a silver and bronze medal and Beenish Akbar claiming two gold and a bronze medal.  On arrival from New Delhi a member of the Pakistani squad said ; "The female members were ecstatic as well and appreciated the work put in by the coaching staff that yielded the positive result." 

Pakistani people and Pakistani sports officials specially should appreciate them and Pakistani media should bring these two talented female in light, so the others also get inspiration and young girls involve themselves in sports and parents dont stop them to do so.


Women have the Nation's future in their hands, Support them.





Power Women Fighting For Women's Issues

 

 

Power Women Fighting For Women's Issues

 

We always keep our eyes on the toppers, no one bothers to know who helped them to climb the ladder or who is behind the show. The Power Women list honors women who've reached the top. But what of those who have made it their mission to make power accessible to other women?

Here i try to bring those names in the light who have made their mission 
to empower the other women. Mention here just few amazing women out of so many.

 

Molly Melching
Molly Melching

1. Molly Melching 

 is the founder and executive director of Tostan (meaning "breakthrough" in the Wolof  language), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) whose mission it is to empower African communities for sustainable development and social transformation in the respect of human rights.
 for more please click here.


Melanee Verveer
Melanee Verveer

 2.  Melanee Verveer

Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that supports emerging women leaders in building vibrant democracies and strong economies.  click here for more




Somaly Mam

3. Somaly Mam

 Somaly Mam is the recipient of the First Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. 
 Universally recognized as a visionary for her courage, dignity, ingenuity, and resilience, Somaly was honored as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and was featured as a CNN Hero. click here for more.

Catherine Hamlin












 



4. Catherine Hamlin 

 Catherine Hamlin, an Australian ob-gyn who has spent her career in Ethiopia caring for women with obstetric fistulas and revolutionized fistula. If you want to know  more about Catherine, click here. 


 

 

5. Sakena Yacoobi 

Sakena Yacoobi, an Afghan woman who educates girls in her country and struggles to improve health care there. Professor Sakena Yacoobi co founded CHI and is President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).  Yacoobi founded AIL in 1995  to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children. Click here for more.









Zainab Salbi

6.    Zainab Salbi

 Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi immigrant who started Women for Women International and campaigns tirelessly on behalf of women's rights.Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International and served as the organization's CEO from 1993 to 2011. She is the author of two books.
This click will tell you more about zainab.






Esther Duflo
Esther Duflo

7. Esther Duflo

  Esther Duflo, a French economist at MIT who has had a vast impact on the study of global poverty – and of the women who endure it. 2009 MacArthur fellow Esther Duflo is pushing the field of development economics by studying specific causal relationships that lead to or perpetuate poverty. She looks at close-to-home issues: household behavior, education, access to finance and health. Esther Duflo takes economics out of the lab and into the field to discover the causes of poverty and means to eradicate it.

 

Roshaneh Zafar
Roshaneh Zafar

 





8.  Roshaneh Zafar

Roshaneh Zafar, who started a leading micro finance organization in Pakistan, empowering women and boosting their opportunities. Ms. Roshaneh Zafar is the Founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foundation, Chair of Kashf Holdings and Founder of Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited based in Pakistan.Ms. Zafar is also the founding member of the Pakistan Microfinance Network and sits on the board of several NGOs and networks, including Women’s World Banking, Pakistan Microfinance Network and Kaarvan Crafts. for more
click here.


Helene Gayle
Helen Gayle

 9. Helen Gayle


 Helene Gayle, who heads CARE and before that was a leading light in the global fight against AIDS. Helene Gayle, who heads CARE and before that was a leading light in the global fight against AIDS.
Dr. Helene Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization with more than 10,000 on-staff. In 2010 alone, their 905 poverty-fighting campaigns in 87 countries reached 82 million people, more than half of whom are women. One of Dr. Gayle's biggest priorities at CARE is in empowering girls and women to bring lasting change to poor communities.




























Who Killed Farida Afridi?


Farida2
Farida Afridi,   Co- founder of Women's Group in Pakistan




  Who Killed Farida Afridi?:(


The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the killing of Farida Afridi, a social worker. 

In a meeting held on Thursday, HRCP said:
“It is a matter of grave concern that the risks facing human rights defenders and those working to ameliorate the lot of marginalised segments remain very high across the country. HRCP is utterly shocked at the targeted killing of Farida Afridi, whose only crime was working for the uplift of women in an area where they need such help the most.

Farida, together with her sister, Noorzia Afridi, co-founded SAWERA. At a young age, the sisters chose to devote their lives to promoting women's empowerment and peace in the tribal regions of Pakistan. Despite this, that we should help them or praise them, our society do no give them the right to stay alive.

Our hearts go out to Noorzia and their parents, family and friends. We hope they get at least some comfort in knowing that Farida has already helped many, in her short life.


 This incident once again highlight the level of brutalisation that Pakistani society has reached.

To read more about Afridi Sisters please click here.





 Mohammad Ali Jinnah, 1944 - 'Founding Father' of Pakistan said;

 No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live."








Pakistan is now trying to rebuild the education system in its northwest areas.

Ray of hope for female students

Pakistan rebuilds its education network in northwest areas

The Annual Status of Education report, published in February this year, said that  nearly 60% of school-age children can't read. Girls fare the worst. Another report, by the Pakistan Education Task Force in 2011, showed that Pakistan is second in the global ranking of out-of-school children. One in three rural women have never attended school.

Education in Pakistan is chronically underfunded. And the Taliban continues to strike in other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. There are no official figures but estimates suggest more than 800 schools have been destroyed in north-west Pakistan. Only in Swat,  the Taliban destroyed more than 400 of the 1,576 schools and the  Seventy percent of them were girls' schools. We must thankful to some really brave women who knock themself out to rebuild the education system in their area specially for women while the conditions are too hard for them.

Maryam Bibi is one of those brave women, founder of the NGO Khwendo Kor,( which has been working for girls' education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since 1993.) said ; "We talk about equality and women's rights and welfare at the policy level, but what is the strategy, especially for poor girls living in remote areas? We must educate these girls.

Gul-e-Khandana  another courageous woman from Swat, she is a head teacher in Government Primary School Swat is not an ordinary teacher - she stood up to the Taliban and managed to save the school where she had taught for more than 20 years. She still shivers with fear when she recalls the invasion of taliban.
She said; "Above all, girls must be educated," she says. "When one girl is educated, she educates her entire household. The role of women is very important in our society – it is they who can change our way of life for the better."

There are so many like them who still working for the education  and specially for girls because they believe that with education we can change the world, specially an educated girl is the best source to educate a whole family. In the light of these great efforts now we hope that things will be better because Pakistan Rebuilds Its Education Network.

Please feel free to send your suggestions and ideas about the rebuilding or rejuvenating our education system and specially women education.




 










A Pakistani Working Woman.

My Maid " Amma Sughra"

A Pakistani Working Woman.

Amma Sughra, a  working woman


Today, is the day of completion of 10 years of the association of my  maid " Amma Sughra" with me and my family.  A great lady.... possessed so many qualities like , honesty, hardworking, loyalty, caring, etc etc....she gave me not only the helping hand to run my home in a proper way but the most important thing is her companionship which has been the most precious thing for me during the past years. When ever I need her she always said  " yes" and stand beside me. I always think about it.... that what is the difference between her and me if I am a working woman, she is too. we both working but she bore hardships of life more than me. she was not only earn her bread and butter, but had to support her husband (financially) who was in jail facing an accidental murder trial .

But despite of all these  hardships of life I always found her full of energy and hope for a better tomorrow.
She is a role model for women like me who always fell into depression and always being under stress.

Thank you Amma Sughra" you are a true inspiration for me.


What is the real meaning of a ' Woman '

Woman

What is the real meaning of  a ' Woman '
Woman


According to Wikipedia  the term woman is used to identify a female human regardless of age.  we usually use different words for a woman like, girl , lady, mother, wife, daughter, widow, maid  etc. etc. All these terms seemed to be different but In fact represent the one soul which is called " woman " universally. Almost all the women around the world facing the same problems without any differentiation of  country, religion or race.

some major problems are:

  • Lack of  Progress
  • Work more than man but are paid less
  • Gender Discrimination throughout a lifetime.
  • Feminization of Poverty.
  • Reproductive rights and population issues
  • The double dividend of gender equality
  •  Women and climate change
  •  Women and the media
  • Violence
  •  Health

For more information on women’s rights in general, see
Women’s Rights News Headlines

Although these are really big big issues.... all over the world people work on it, NGOs, different feminist organizations, feminist activists trying hard to resolve these major issues, but what I think if a woman realize her worth and try to do something for her no matter how small that deed would be...it will give her a big reward.


I  am really hope full about it.
will right something more in my next blog.

thanks.


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Fahmina Arshad is Blogger, Social Media Activist, Women Rights activist, women rights defender, feminist, women issues advisor and ambitious to work for Women Growth in Pakistan.

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