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Violence against women

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VIOLENCE against women in Pakistan is both a crime and a socially accepted norm. While we have laws that protect women from violence, the state has absolved itself of the responsibility to enforce these laws. This means that women have an inherently paradoxical relationship with the state: with one hand the state gives women rights […]


International Women’s Day today

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LAHORE – Like other parts of the world, the International Women Day will be marked across the country on Sunday (today) to acknowledge outstanding contributions rendered by womenfolk in diverse fields and to raising voices for ensuring their due rights in society. This year’s Women’s day theme is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Special […]


Senior women journalists share their triumphs and travails

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KARACHI: To mark International Women’s Day, Uks Research Centre celebrated women who made a space for themselves in the media industry and emerged as critical cogs of their organisations to pave way for other women to enter the profession. The seminar on ‘Women in the Media: Pages from the Past’ at a local hotel here […]


Mahira Khan opens up about Aurat March

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With International Women’s Day, which is observed all round the world on March 8, just a day away, preparations for the third Aurat March are in full swing. However, the kind of criticism that Aurat March has attracted recently has provoked several celebrities to speak up, in its favour or against it. Among those who […]


Firdous opposes ‘provocative’ slogans of Aurat March

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The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday opposed the controversial slogans of Aurat march, saying these things do not match with the norms of our society. Speaking at a function here, Firdous said that fighting for their rights was the right of every woman but […]


IHC rejects petitions seeking restrictions on Aurat March

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday dismissed petitions seeking restrictions on the Aurat March being staged on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day. IHC Chief Justice Athar Min­allah, while rejecting the petitions, observed that the petitions were not “justiciable”, but also expressed the hope that the participants of the march would exercise […]


Govt to support Aurat March with strings attached

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ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday announced its support for Aurat March on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Sunday and expressed the hope that the participants of the march would not harm honour and dignity of the country. The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) also backed the march programmes, but asked the organisers to […]


‘Opponents of Aurat Azadi March oblivious to suffering of women’

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ISLAMABAD: Civil society and Aurat Azadi March organisers on Friday rejected what they called religious and rightwing political parties’ propaganda and threats against the march and reiterated to continue their struggle for basic rights. At a joint press conference, the speakers called on the local administration to take measures to ensure it was held peacefully […]


Aurat March core body defends bodily rights, presents manifesto

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LAHORE: The Aurat March manifesto was launched formally on Thursday at the Lahore Press Club. The manifesto revolves around ‘Khud Mukhtari’ or the independence of women. The 15-point manifesto demanded an end to the IMF-sponsored economic policies and budget cuts as well as immediate control of inflation of basic foods, whose burden was felt by […]


Women, civil society groups announce separate rally on March 8

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Apparently in a bid to maintain some distance from the much-hyped Aurat March on the International Women’s Day on Sunday, leaders of various women, labour and civil society groups on Thursday announced a separate women rally in the city on the same day. Various speakers, including Zehra Khan of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF), […]


‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi’ is indecency: Maulana Fazlur Rehman

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MULTAN: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said major opposition political parties should revisit their narrative and must rethink about the current gloomy situation in the country. The JUI-F still stands for its commitments but the other side does not. He said he is fighting for the survival of the state instead of his […]


Women’s demonstration for rights

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As March 8, the International Women’s Day, draws closer self-appointed custodians of national morality are getting roiled up at the prospect of replay of last year’s massive ‘Aurat March’. Usual labels of ‘vulgarity’ and ‘obscenity’ are being bandied about to disparage the activity. The other day, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman issued a statement to […]


IHC to hear petition against Aurat March

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ISLAMABAD:As the Aurat March is to be taken out on Sunday across the country, the citizens of Islamabad have approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to stop it from happening in their city. The IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah would hear the case on Friday (today). The federal government and Islamabad chief commissioner have been […]


Bilawal backs Aurat March as controversy grows

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LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said the Aurat March , scheduled for March 8 in connection with International Women Day, would take place and no one could stop it from happening. The PPP chairman supported “Aurat March” and announced that the PPP would stand with the participants in the march for […]