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Political parties need inner democracy, strict accountability

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KARACHI, Jan 23 (PPI): Speakers at a moot said on Monday that it is the need of the hour that our political parties introduce the culture of democracy and accountability in their inner structures and focus on pressing needs of common man. “The demands and aspirations of voters need to be taken seriously by the […]

Psychological counseling essential for journalists physical and emotional well-being : TV reporters

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Karachi, Jan 18 (PPI):  Majority of journalists witness traumatic events and should get regular psychological counseling and medical check-ups to ensure their physical as well as psycho-social safety and productivity. Media houses also need to develop implementation of safety protocols in the field and anti-sexual harassment policies for female journalists. These were some of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Agreement to allow women voting in Bajaur

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KHAR: Political and religious parties and candidates for two National Assembly constituencies in Bajaur Agency, NA-43 and NA-44, have agreed to encourage local women to cast vote on May 11.The agreement came during a meeting here on Wednesday. Jamaat-i-Islami, Fata chief Sahibzada Haroonur Rasheed, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and candidate for NA-44 Shahabuddin Khan, Jamiat […]

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 […]

In DG Khan, Zartaj Gul Akhwand set to fight dynastic politics

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By Waqas Naeem ISLAMABAD: In Dera Ghazi Khan’s NA-172, Sardar Maqsood Khan Leghari has long established his rule. However, in the wake of the upcoming elections, tables have turned for the former member of Punjab Assembly as he faces threats anew. Enter Zartaj Gul Akhwand, a 28-year-old candidate contesting NA-172 from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) ticket. […]

‘216 women burnt alive in 2012’

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Karachi: Founder Madadgaar National Helpline Zia Ahmed Awan on Thursday attributed the increasing incidents of burning women and children alive to the improper law enforcing mechanism. Addressing a press conference at the Madadgaar National Helpline office, he said that 216 women were burnt alive in 2012, adding, “This data is just a tip of iceberg […]

‘Women’s contribution missing from books’

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Shazia Hasan KARACHI: “Feminists have started calling history ‘her story’ because of the missing contributions of women from history books,” said minister for Human Rights and Women Development in Sindh Anis Haroon at a seminar, ‘Pakistani women in a changing society’, held at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist) on Tuesday. […]

ECP appoints ROs for non-Muslim, women’s reserved seats

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Saturday appointed returning officers for the reserved seats for non-Muslims and women in the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies. According to the Election Commission press release, Muhammad Imtiaz Alam, DG (Admn), Islamabad, has been appointed returning officer for non-Muslims in the National Assembly. Provincial Election Commissioner, Punjab, […]

Ensuring the currency of a rapist’s life

By Shahid Mahmood The writer is a Canada-based editorial cartoonist and his work has appeared in several international publications We are living in a time of leveraged credit and distressed debt. Financially weak institutions own a large proportion of our riskiest assets. A volatile market has erased the savings of millions. Stabilising both market and […]

Womens struggle in Pakistani workplaces

Last week, the world celebrated womens day with accolades for high-achieving women in various spheres of life. In Pakistan, meanwhile, pretty much a mans country in a mans world, women still continue to struggle in workplaces in more than one ways. Harassment at the workplace is something Pakistani women have come to accept as a […]

Gender-sensitive policing

Mohammad Ali Babakhel WORLDWIDE perceptions regarding women’s participation in law enforcement are changing, but in Pakistan policing is still a male-dominated career. In Pakistan, the origin of women policing can be traced to the 1970s. In the Police Act 1861 and Police Rules 1934 there is no reference to women policing. However the Police Order […]

Woman of 2013

By Mehr Tarar The loud beat of the dhol welcomed guests to the occasion to mark 30 years of a movement that was ground breaking as well as a trendsetter, highlighting achievements of women in a patriarchal, rigidly narrow-minded society. As the guests moved to the canopied rooftop, torr trorr kay bandhanon ko deko benhai […]