Category: Pakistan

Stories of Change: Shan Bibi Says Early Age Marriages Must End

by Tehreem Azeem

Forty-five-year-old Shan Bibi belongs to Ghora Khela village of district Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. She got married at a very young age. According to the customs of the area, it was not an unusual thing to happen. Her husband was not very welcoming towards her and treated her badly. She tried her…



Stop This Rishta Parade

by Umaima Ahmed

As I was doing my daily skincare routine, my house-help who was looking on as she worked said, “I’ll tell you a remedy for skin whitening!” I told her that I do not believe in such remedies and I am comfortable with my complexion. But that discussion made me think that the desire to appear…



Hiding in Plain Sight? Intersectionality of Female Labor Force Continues Unbridled

by Ambreen Shabbir

Amna (a pseudonym) is engrossed in her work – plying the machine with skill and impeccability. When called her name, she takes a few seconds to get familiar with the surroundings before putting a smile on her face and turning to answer me. It is 10:30 am and she needs to get back to work…



‘Scooty’ is ‘HER’ new BFF, now

by Mehreen Fatima

Though interview went very well but I knew I had to let this opportunity miss mainly of the following three reasons; first the office was situated in an outmost location – a real backwater; second no appropriate means of commute was available and I actually mean it – from public transport to pick and drop…



Sisterhood and Solidarity in a time of Sangat

by Zoya Anwer

Not so long ago, I didn’t know terms like patriarchy, misogyny, emotional and unpaid labor, and many other such words. However, the most fascinating part was that I knew the meanings of these words all too well but didn’t have the language to explain terms which have been dictating my life since perhaps, my birth.…



UNCERTAINTY ERODES A CREATIVE SPIRIT

by Hassan Ibrahim Ch.

Sitting just behind the striking Lahore Museum on Mall Road there is another impressive building of equal importance. Established in 1884, Punjab Public Library is the city’s oldest library. In fact, it is the country’s first public library and the largest. This library is home to a forgotten treasure of books, archived official reports going…



Photo Blog: Basnama works hard for education of her daughters

by Saba Rehman

Basnama is a 46-year-old tribal woman living with her family in a native village of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Her husband is a farmer. The couple has three children – one son and two daughters. The son is eldest of all. He is working in another province. Their elder daughter is studying…



The response to Aurat March is why we need Aurat March

by Zoya Anwer

Ever since the concept of Aurat March came into being last year, it seems like the weeks following the March are more than enough to prove its importance. The same has been happening time round when Aurat March was held in multiple cities of Pakistan. From using slurs against those who participate to personal attacks…