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Pakistan: An Update on the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill

2 Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 19:34:00 (EST)

In 2009 Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's former information minister, proposed the Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act and amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). This was approved in March 2010 by President Asif Ali Zardari. Recommendations were made by Dr. Fouzia Saeed, a founding member of the...

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Pakistan's Worst Emergency Yet

Posted March 14, 2011 | 13:07:50 (EST)

There are all types of emergencies in practically every part of Pakistan. No, really, we've got it all -- ranging from floods, political strife, international image problems, internal political fragmentation... the list can go on and on.

But the establishment's neglect of social reform has caused the majority population to...

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Bhutto the Film -- An Incomplete Picture

Posted June 15, 2010 | 08:58:40 (EST)

'Power', ' Corruption', 'Legacy', and 'Dynasty' seemed to me the most prominent points jumping out of the film 'Bhutto'. It showed Benazir as a woman of steel. In a personal capacity I'm sure she was , but as a Pakistani I found it hard to be taken in by the...

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If You Think You Know Pakistan ... Think Again

Posted January 18, 2010 | 15:58:34 (EST)

Hammad Khan greets me amiably at the entrance of his modest office in the British Board of Film Classification in the heart of London's Soho Square. To make a living, Khan watches and rates films, an enviable occupation, especially considering there's a film theatre in his office. His real passion,...

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Women's Progress is a Mirage in Pakistan

Posted January 5, 2010 | 14:25:28 (EST)

There is a sharp bipolar division in the status of women in Pakistan. While some women have the opportunity to advance in every field of life, the deprived majority silently suffers a multiplicity of hardships and mistreatment in a system that is heavily biased against them. In fact women's progress...

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Sexual Harassment in Pakistan

Posted December 16, 2009 | 14:02:11 (EST)

Sumaira, who worked at the Islamabad office of an international non- governmental organisation (NGO), spent her days in fear and unease, dreading the inevitable moment her senior male colleague would brush up against her. He would, then, always claim that he was trying to explain a work-related matter to her....
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Urban Pak Youth Meet With Their Swat Counterparts To Work Towards Change

Posted August 26, 2009 | 12:07:14 (EST)

Eleven-year-old Zarlashth pulls her translucent white scarf around her shoulders, walks on to the stage and stops in front of the mike.

Without a sign of nervousness she looks straight at the audience and narrates her story in simple Urdu. "Our life in Swat used to be peaceful and beautiful......

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Elite Pakistani Students Pick Up Trash To Clean Up The Country

Posted August 19, 2009 | 17:04:36 (EST)

On a sleepy Sunday afternoon in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, 6 high school students from an elite school are spending a few hours doing the unexpected. As shiny sports cars take languid rounds of the outdoor arena in Jinnah market, a posh shopping area, they slow down to get...

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Pakistan's Homeless Displaced By Fighting "Totally Ignored"

Posted July 16, 2009 | 17:29:08 (EST)

The military operation in the north of Pakistan has left over three million people homeless and the disillusionment and anger keeps mounting for the 'Internally Displaced People' (IDPs), who have left their homes, belongings and often family members behind.

Zahir Shah comes from a small village called Dankara in the...

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Pakistan Mourns Michael Jackson

Posted July 2, 2009 | 11:52:48 (EST)

We'd bounce our heads to Michael Jackson's songs as we admired the artwork on his CD covers. "Look at the pyramid with the eye in the middle...I think he's part of a cult!" said Ali, one of Jackson's most avid fans. He knew all his songs and went to every...

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Young Pakistanis Slowly Reversing The Brain Drain

Posted July 2, 2009 | 11:24:55 (EST)

Since Partition, Pakistan has been experiencing brain drain for a variety of reasons, from political instability to inadequate job opportunities. According to some statistics, up to two-thirds of Pakistanis want to emigrate.

But today that trend may be shifting.

Despite increased security threats, for young Pakistanis, life goes...

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Peshawar's Reaction: Personal Accounts of the Bombing at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Pakistan

Posted June 10, 2009 | 12:52:25 (EST)

"I heard a very loud noise and then because of the pressure I was lifted in to the air and then fell to the ground...everything went black around me," said Akhtar, who had just walked out of a mosque located near the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, where a bombing...

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Pakistani Youth Pitch-In To Help Refugees

Posted June 8, 2009 | 14:43:56 (EST)

"I really wouldn't give the government any money for the displaced people from the north....you just don't know where it goes" says Muneeba a young social worker as she shrugs her shoulders in doubt. This is perhaps the overwhelming sentiment of youths towards the Pakistani government. In the absence of...

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