Monthly Archives: March 2010

Cost of life of a woman

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

ON March 23, a day for soul-searching, two professional bodies working for women`s health highlighted an issue that is fundamental to our survival and progress, namely, population planning.

They got Sheema Kermani to stage Har aurat anmol, a play that focused on all that is wrong with the reproductive health sector in Pakistan today.
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One Step Forward

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: News line magazine

Hina Rabbani Khar

At the recent ASR conference in Lahore on the women’s movement in Pakistan, I met a female journalist from a local Urdu language newspaper who was there to cover the opening event. She had not received her salary for two months. She tellingly asked me, “Now that women have such a substantial presence in parliament, do you think the goals of the women’s movement have been met?”
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Literature and activism

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

At a time when Pakistan needs to mobilise for concerted action for positive change in our brutalised society, the discussions held recently on literature and activism and on Eqbal Ahmad`s `cross-border` writings were timely and relevant.

They were also provocative and provided food for thought, especially for those who have begun to despair at the direction the country is taking.
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Violence in the Home

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE theme of International Women`s Day observed on Monday was `equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all`. One may well ask if this ideal can ever be achieved as long as the unequal power relationship between the sexes, which causes women to become victims of domestic violence, continues to exist.
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Who pays for education?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has urged wealthy Pakistanis to pay a higher share of taxes to reduce the country`s dependence on foreign aid.

She especially pointed to the health and education sectors, which, as her administration is now realising, are in very poor shape in spite of the nearly $6bn aid provided by the US to Pakistan since 9/11 for civilian projects.
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