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Samina Baig: empowering women

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By Maria Kari The writer is a law student based in Canada and tweets at @mariakari1414 In 1856, when Mount Everest was definitively identified as the world’s highest mountain, what began was a series of early Everest expeditions. And while the first female ascent of the mountain was in 1975 by Japanese mountain-climber Junko Tabei […]

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SMS-based literacy programme: Education may be just a text message away

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ISLAMABAD: For 1,500 women in Pakistan, an SMS message will soon be a tutor, textbook and school all rolled into one. On Wednesday, Mobilink Foundation — a nonprofit organisation established by Mobilink in 2007 — and UNESCO signed an agreement to enhance their “SMS-based Literacy” programme. The programme, which will now enter into a fourth […]

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Transferred: Woman officer pays the price of resistance

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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Industries and Production Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh has transferred a grade-20 officer for resisting illegal appointments and corruption in the explosive department and other wings of the ministry, the Express Investigation Cell (EIC) has learnt. According to sources, the grade-20 officer, Nilofer Hafeez, opposed two summaries forwarded by the caretaker minister. […]

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A rough deal for women

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Holding separate meetings in Islamabad and Peshawar on Thursday, the National Commission on the Status of Women and some non-governmental rights groups expressed serious concern over the fact that mainstream religious and political parties colluded in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to disenfranchise female voters. In Lower and Upper Dir they signed formal agreements, in […]

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Botched ballots: Tribal women stand like a rock, refuse to abandon protest camp


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PARACHINAR: Tribal women from the upper parts of Kurram Agency are showing exceptional resilience in their protest against alleged rigging in NA-37, refusing to budge from the demonstration camp they set up on May 14 in front of the political agent’s office. “We were told you are weak and cannot rise for your rights, but […]

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Men must respect the opposite gender

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KARACHI: In this male dominated society, man has to provide equal rights and space to women, otherwise violence will increase rapidly, said Sindh Information and Archives Minister Noor Ul Huda Shah. She shared these views while speaking at a seminar organised by a local NGO, Madadgar. She further added that information and archive department and […]

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Giving paraplegic women new lease on life

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PESHAWAR: Gul Shada thought it was the end of the road for her when she and her husband met with a road accident last year in the Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of the four provinces of Pakistan. Not only did the mishap leave Shada widowed at the relatively young age of 37, she […]

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Disenfranchisement of women continues despite calls for curbing the practice


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PESHAWAR: Like previous elections, the woman voters in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were barred from casting ballots in the May 11 general election as agreements were struck among the contesting candidates and political parties ahead of the polls. There was a strong Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) this time and no one expected that […]

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Over 130,000 women in Bajaur deprived of voting right

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KHAR: Only 2,800 women voters were able to cast their vote in the two National Assembly constituencies of Bajaur Agency in May 11 general election despite assurance of the candidates to the Election Commission of Pakistan that they would allow the women to exercise their vote right. An ECP official told Dawn here on Thursday […]

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Project launched to strengthen women help centres

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KARACHI: Speakers at the launch of a project have said that only a close coordination between civil society organisations and government departments, including police and Citizens-Police Liaison Committee, can ensure protection to women against harassment and distress in urban and rural areas of Sindh. The ceremony was organised on Thursday by the women development department […]

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The women’s vote


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As analysts begin to pick over the still-evolving results of the 2013 general elections, there is one aspect that already stands out and will bear very careful future attention – the women voters of the nation. And not just women voters, but women candidates as well. Two were of particular note, and neither had much […]

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FWBL to provide soft loans to women


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KARACHI: Anis Haroon, minster for women development and human rights, government of Sindh, has said that a revolving fund is being created to provide soft loans to women through the First Women Bank Limited (FWBL), a statement issued on Wednesday said. Addressing the certificate distribution ceremony for participants of FWBL’s capacity building and skill development […]

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Elders won’t let Paikhel women cast vote


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MIANWALI: Despite reportedly agreeing to allow women their right to vote over a month ago at a gathering arranged by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Ayla Malik in Paikhel union council, the area elders have again barred the female folk from exercising the right to franchise on May 11. During a visit by this correspondent to the […]

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Covered, yet empowered: By the women, for the women

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GILGIT: Inflation, poverty, an 18-year-old paralysed son, three school-going daughters, a jobless husband: Khadija Bibi, a housewife in Gilgit, saw no apparent light at the end of the tunnel. With many government projects stalled due to lack of funds, her husband, a contractor, was not expected to start earning anytime soon. Desperate times require desperate […]

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