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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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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