Women empowerment calls for responsibility and requires them with intellect taking up the posts instead of women who have been selected by their male counterparts. In 1944, Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah said in a speech, “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the […]
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As long as society does not realize the need to end patriarchal and feudal tyranny, it will be impossible to end violence against women. Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Sometimes, women are attacked by strangers, but most often they are hurt by people who are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain. Violence against women is a technical term used to collectively […]
Pakistan’s conservative patriarchal society has prevented women from achieving full integration into the government and private sector. Women constitute half of the Pakistan’s 190 million population and represent a big part of the labor force. However their vitality and potential has never been fully realized in the past 66 years after independence despite having surpassed their male counterpart in every field of life. Unlike the past, women play a crucial role serving Pakistan with enthusiasm […]
In the middle of the political crisis in Tunisia, Tunisian women, celebrating their national day today, seem caught in the middle of a situation that does not look like a celebration. Besides facing the threat of conservative political forces, many issues remain unsolved because women’s issues cannot be isolated from the country’s larger challenges. In the middle of the economic crisis, women are not spared, as they constitute an important fork force, a great section […]
Two months ago, while sitting next to leading activists in Johannesburg, I answered the (then simple) question “what pushes you?” The older gentleman sitting next to me began to cry and said “Nothing. I am not pushed anymore. I am tired.” I was confused by his response & when it was my turn I quickly replied, “My faith, my family.” I find myself now, still with the amazing family I have always had and faith […]
I was born in India in 1947, and am the Co-founder and Secretary of GRAVIS (Center for people’s Science for Rural Development). GRAVIS is a non governmental organization founded in 1983 to promote self-reliance and improve the social, economic and political situation of desert communities in Rajasthan. Before founding GRAVIS, I have worked in tribal areas of North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for more than ten years. I began working as a […]