Women’s Action Forum shocked by brutal murders of 3 girls

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PESHAWAR, Oct 21: The Women Action Forum (WAF) has expressed deep concern over the recent killing of three young women, whose charred bodies were found in the provincial metropolis, and the attempts to influence the investigation into the gory incident. A press release issued here on Friday said the incident had shocked all and sundry as the burnt-down bodies of …

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Police officer, family members arrested in suspected honor killing of Samia ShahidClaire Lampen Sep 4th 2016 Mic News

Samia Shahid
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When Samia Shahid died in Pakistan in July, her family said it was the result of a heart attack. Authorities now believe it was an honor killing carried out by her ex-husband, father and uncle, and that an investigator helped some of her family members flee the country. According to the Guardian, the 28-year-old British woman returned to Pandori, a …

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Pakistani Social Media Celebrity Dead in Apparent Honor KillingBy SALMAN MASOOD JULY 16, 2016 The New York Times

Qandeel Baloch
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani social media sensation, was strangled by her brother in central Pakistan, police officials said Saturday, in what appears to have been a so-called honor killing. The police said Ms. Baloch was apparently attacked on Friday night while she was asleep in her parents’ house in Muzaffarabad, a town on the outskirts of Multan …

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The Dirty Old Men of PakistanBy MOHAMMED HANIF APRIL 1, 2016 Contributing Op-Ed Writer The New York Times

Karachi, Pakistan — IN the world we live in, there is no dearth of pious men who believe that most of the world’s problems can be fixed by giving their women a little thrashing. And this business of a man’s God-given right to give a woman a little thrashing has brought together all of Pakistan’s pious men. A few weeks …

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British man becomes first to be jailed for forcing wife to live like a slaveSamuel Osborne Independent UK April 1, 2016

Safaraz Ahmed
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A man who treated his wife as a slave and subjected her to “physical and mental torture” has been jailed for two years. Safraz Ahmed, 34, is the first Briton convicted of forcing their wife in to domestic servitude. Ahmed initially denied the offence but changed his plea to guilty. He and his wife, Sumara Iram, married in 2006 in …

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Nergis Mavalvala: The Karachiite who went on to detect Einstein’s gravitational wavesDawn.com

Nergis at MIT
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Karachi-born quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, Associate Department Head of Physics at MIT is a member of the team of scientists that announced on Thursday the scientific milestone of detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago. Professor Mavalvala, whose career spans 20 years, has published extensively in her field and has been …

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Saudi Foreign Minister says ‘be patient’ on women’s rightsAFP Feb 12, 2016

Saudi women drivers
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MUNICH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister defended his country’s treatment of women on Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars. “When it comes to issues like women’s driving, this is not a religious issue, it’s a societal issue,” Adel al-Jubeir told an audience at the Munich Security Conference. He said …

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Pakistani Women Transition from Heels to WheelsThe Express Tribune

Punjab Women on Motorbikes
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LAHORE: The Women on Wheels (WoW) project was launched on Sunday with a motorcycle rally for women on The Mall. A total of 150 women motorcyclists, who completed training from the Special Monitoring Unit on Law and Order and City Traffic Police, took part in the rally. SMU launches motorbike training for women Austrian Ambassador Brigitta Balaha and former Supreme Court …

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Tashfeen Malik Studied at Conservative Religious School In PakistanBy Saeed Shah & Qasim Nauman The Wall Street Journal

Tashfeen & Rizwan enter US in 2014
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MULTAN, Dec 7— Tashfeen Malik, who went on a deadly shooting spree in California with her husband last week, studied after college at a conservative Islamic religious school here that attracts relatively well-educated and affluent women. Officials at the Al-Huda International school said Ms. Malik took classes on the Quran for about a year until May 2014—two months before she …

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Afghan women soar out of burqas into open skiesReuters

The Burqa Generation

KABUL, Sept 21: Zakia Mohammadi, a woman in Afghanistan’s first national paragliding team, waited on a hilltop on the outskirts of Kabul for a wind to lift her craft into the sky, as dozens of watching teenagers clapped and cheered. She is one of a group of young Afghans taking to the skies of a capital where military helicopters and …

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Dogged reporting in Azerbaijan landed a U.S.-trained journalist in prisonBy Dana Priest, Anita Komuves & Courtney Mabeus Washington Post

Khadija Ismayilova
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The U.S. government spends millions each year on programs to improve the skills of foreign reporters, but rarely have its efforts helped produce such a media superstar as Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan. Ismayilova was 27 when she enrolled in her first U.S.-funded investigative workshop in Baku in 2003. At 30, she moved to Washington to work for the government’s Voice …

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Pakistan’s Growing Gender GapBy Rukhsana Shah Dawn Newspaper

Women in Education
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IN 2013, Pakistan ranked 135th out of 136 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index Report of the World Economic Forum. In 2014, eight more countries were included in the report, but Pakistan remained second last at 141 out of 142 countries. It is significant that Pakistan ranked at 112 in 2006, the first year of the report, and since …

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Leader of Islamic State used American hostage as sexual slaveBy Adam Goldman and Greg Miller The Washington Post

Kayla Mueller
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Washington, Aug 14: The leader of the Islamic State personally kept a 26-year-old American woman as a hostage and raped her repeatedly, according to U.S. officials and her family. The family of Kayla Mueller said in an interview Friday that the FBI had informed them that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, had sexually abused their …

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Where Afghan Women are Jailed for Resisting EnslavementBy Gabriel Maj Aug 14 The Washington Post

The first thing you hear as you approach Badam Bagh women’s prison in Kabul is children’s laughter. The closer you get, the more the building sounds like a kindergarten class during recess. Over the past five years, I visited a half-dozen women’s prisons in Afghanistan and met hundreds of women who were arrested while pregnant and gave birth in prison, …

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Anatomy of a murderBy Naziha Syed Ali | Fahim Zaman Herald Magazine

Sabeen with mother
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It was a 9mm gun, probably a Stoeger. Before Saad Aziz got this “samaan” through an associate, by his own admission, he had already plotted a murder. On the evening of Friday, April 24, 2015, he met four other young men, all well-educated like him, somewhere on Karachi’s Tariq Road to finalise and carry out the plot. As dusk deepened …

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Obituary: Sabeen Mahmud
Karachi’s wild childSabeen Mahmud, entrepreneur, campaigner and all-round agitator, was killed on April 24th, aged 40
The Economist , May 2nd 2015

Sabeen Mahmud (Credit: in.com)

NOBODY, of course, had anything to do with it, when Sabeen Mahmud’s car was stopped by two men on a motorbike who shot her at point-blank range through the windows. The Pakistani Taliban denied all responsibility. The Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, promised all possible help to the police. Nawaz Sharif’s government ordered the police to find the perpetrators within three days. …

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Feminism is about Redefining Space for Women and MenBy Ayesha Siddiqa, April 9, 2015, The Express Tribune

A few days ago, a newly appointed female civil servant of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) said in an interview how on duty she felt more like a police officer than a woman. This meant she could do her duty as well as a male officer. She didn’t feel discriminated against during training. Here was a tough woman ready …

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Veteran leftist activist Tahira Ali laid to restThe Express Tribune

Tahira Mazhar Ali Khan (Credit: unewstv.com)

LAHORE, March 25: Veteran leftist activist Tahira Mazhar Ali was laid to rest in a graveyard near her home in Shah Jamal on Tuesday. She had been unwell since 2009. She passed away on Monday. Advocate Abid Hasan Minto recalls Tahira as a campaigner for the rights of the working people. He says her work on issues pertaining to women’s rights …

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Tahira Shah ‘The martyr of the Indus’Mustafa Gurgaze, Dawn Newspaper

Tahira & Mohammed Ali Shah (Credit: dawn.com)

Tahira Ali Shah, long time social activist and rights campaigner for Pakistan’s fisherfolk community, passed away this month in a car accident in Sindh. I remember when I first met her, at my first official meeting after joining the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) in January 2010, at the PFF’s Secretariat, Ibrahim Hydri – the largest village of fishing community in …

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Women’s groups campaign in D.C. to help victims of forced marriagesBy Pamela Constable, The Washington Post, March 21

Mariam embraces colleague (Credit: washingtonpost.com)

Mariam was a sixth-grader in Toronto when her family started pressuring her to get engaged. They sent her on a summer trip to their native Pakistan, ostensibly to study but actually to meet a fiance chosen by her aunt. When she protested after returning home, she said, her mother kept insisting and wearing her down. “She cried a lot. She …

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