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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Bhutto Women Ready to Enter Politics to Rival Benazir
Ghinva Bhutto, the widow of Benazir Bhutto's brother Mir Murtaza, is getting to ready to join politics and contest Pakistan's general elections to rival her famous sister-in-law and former prime minister. For more information, please visit Earth...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Women Denied Right To Vote In NWFP
One of the major reasons women are prevented from voting is that their participation in the decision-making process is against centuries-old tribal traditions. No party -- whether liberal or conservative -- is ready to challenge these traditions....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Looking To Women To Preserve The Peace
Though launched by the prominent advocacy group, Women’s Action Forum, the WCP includes eminent doctors, members of civil society, the legal fraternity, journalists and ordinary ‘peaceful’ citizens to "counter violence through peace" and as a...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Daughter of the East Returns - With West's Backing
The much bruited ‘deal’ between Pakistan’s twice-elected, twice-deposed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has cast a shadow over her triumphal homecoming on Thursday, after nine long years of self-imposed...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Bhutto Has New Status After Attack
Bhutto, 54, a former two-time premier, has always said that a crowd is the best cushion for a leader. But the twin bomb blasts that greeted her upon her return to Pakistan two weeks ago, killing at least 140 in the country's deadliest known...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Parties Deny Tickets to Deserving Women
Women's wings of political parties are contributing less to the present election campaign than they did to previous ones. The discouragement of women's wing leaders, owing to the parties' practice of awarding tickets to 'Begumats' (elite class...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Benazir, a Person -- Not Just Politics
Beloved by many and forcefully hated by others (some because of her politics and some because of her gender), Benazir Bhutto proved that women can be tough enough to handle security and national defense, and do whatever is necessary to lead,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Benazir’s Services for Democracy Lauded
A 35-member delegation of Women's Action Forum (WAF) Sunday held a reference in memoriam of Benazir Bhutto. The WAF members paid rich tributes to Benazir Bhutto and expressed deep grief over her assassination. To read the full article,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Fahmida Mirza to Become First Woman Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly
Fifty-one-year-old Mirza, a medical graduate, is likely to win the contest for the post as the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam have a majority in the National Assembly. To read the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Bhutto and the Future of Islam
Picture the moment. It is Dec. 2, 1988. A beautiful woman, 35 years old, walks into the presidential palace in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, flanked by liveried and turbaned honor guards. She is wearing a green silk tunic and a white...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Bhutto's Daughter Appointed to Party Post
The eldest daughter of assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto was appointed to a high-profile post in the political party her mother once led. To read the full article, please visit UPI's Website.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Call for Promoting Gender Equality in Media
Speakers at first national conference of South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) called for promoting gender equality by portraying women and men in a non-stereotypical, humane and balanced manner. They said South Asia is passing through a crucial...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Women Councilors Demand More Representation
Women councilors on Wednesday announced that they would hold a protest in front of the Parliament House on March 8, the World Women Day, to demand increase in their seats in local, provincial and national assemblies. To read the full article, please...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Seminar on Gender Responsive Budget
To mainstream gender dimension into all stages of the budget cycle, a pre-budget seminar on ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB)’ was organised at the Planning Commission auditorium. Organised by Gender Development Section, Finance Division,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Women in Parliament Push for Space
The Aurat Foundation study titled ‘A five year report on: Performance of Women Parliamentarians in the 12th National Assembly (2002-2007)’ states that women MPs moved 27 percent of the total questions; 30 percent of the total calling attention...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Electoral Process a Menace for Women
The electoral process needs to be simplified since women have to go through great challenges during the current process of voting in the country, said Sharmila Farooqui, Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister (CM). She was addressing a dialogue...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: Concerted Effort Needed for Political Rights to Women
All stakeholders will have to struggle to ensure the rights of women in politics, participants of a regional conference on engendering democracies said on Wednesday.The senior rights activists and experts expressed these views on the first day of...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pakistan: A Show of Womanpower
Hundreds of civil society activists from scores of different organisations working for the empowerment of women gathered together at The Mall on Sunday to hold a rally in connection with International Women’s Day, which is being observed around the...

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