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[6 May 2010 | One Comment | ]
Women Are Key Agents of Supporting and Protecting Each Other

Humaira Awais Shahid
I was able to mobilize rigid feudalistic and dogmatic mindsets and make the Punjab Parliament vote above party lines, for human issues, and make them vote on the basis of conscience. Today the Punjab Parliament is proud of it.
Pakistan’s women parliamentarians have made extraordinary progress. We have been able to repeal some extremely controversial laws like the Hudood Ordinance [which penalized rape victims and protected their assailants], replaced these legislations with the Protection of Women Act (2006), and made amendments in Pakistan’s Penal Code and the Code of …

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[22 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]
My Voice Carries the Pain of the Atrocities They Endured

Humaira Awais Shahid
“IVAWA has reached you after countless hurdles and barriers, and rests today in your hands demanding protection and security for millions of women across the globe.”
This is the first half of a statement Humaira presented before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, US House of Representatives, on April 15, 2010. She was one of six witnesses testifying in favor of the International Violence against Women Act, which is supported by a strong coalition of advocacy organizations.
It is a completely life-changing experience to hold the hand of a dying …

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[22 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
What Is It to Be a Dad in Pakistan?

Naeem Harry
Pakistani dads are confused. They have a strict tribal living model that brings primitive living to their families, and very especially to the female members of the family, but they feel forced to live according to the tribal values.
The electronic media play an important role in the life of a Pakistani dad. Here he comes to know the other cultures, very especially the western culture. This culture he finds too free and modern, which he thinks does not match with his Pakistani culture. How he should bring up his …

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[27 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Mothers and Children: Voices for Peace

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee

May has been our month of mothers, and news stories about women and peace this week are also largely tied to the experience of mothering and families. The thousands of pregnant women in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in northwest Pakistan who are due to give birth in the next month but who lack access to medical facilities and caregivers are at the front of my mind. Women in these camps, displaced by the ongoing violent conflict between Pakistan security forces and Taliban militants in the …