Posts tagged Pakistan
Posts tagged Pakistan
“To all the women in Pakistan working for your dreams, this is for you.” — The talented and trenchant Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy accepting the Oscar for best short documentary tonight, the first Pakistani ever to win.
Pakistani women hit the streets for equality.
Tens of thousands of women rallied in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Feb. 19 to call for improved rights and gender equality. Organizers of the event called “Empowered Women – Stronger Pakistan” said more than 500,000 female activists and supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party took part, while local media reported up to 1 million participants, Turkish Weekly reported yesterday.
The exact number could not be independently verified. The women, waving MQM flags under a huge portrait of party leader Altaf Hussain, shouted slogans in his support. Hussain, who lives in self-imposed exile in London, addressed the crowd via phone. His speech focused on the liberation and empowerment of women, which he said could make Pakistan one of the strongest countries in the world.
Hussain condemned the so-called “black laws” used against women that condone or fail to address honor killings and repeated domestic violence.
Millions pushed into child labor in Pakistan.
Zakir, 10, pauses during his work of cutting fish at Karachi’s Fish Harbor on Feb. 1, 2012. Zakir earns $2.20 per day. Rising food and fuel prices and a struggling economy have forced many families to send their children to work instead of school.
Reuters reports: Tears tracing lines of dirt on his face, six-year-old Pakistani boy Nabeel Mukhtar cries while crouching on a pavement to scrub motorbikes, his job for nine hours a day, six days a week in Islamabad, Pakistan.
“From the bottom of my heart, I want to send my son to school but we have so many expenses … We struggle to put food on our table,” said Mukhtar’s mother, Shazia, who also has a four-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.
“He’s learning to work and he also earns around 300-400 rupees. So what’s wrong in that? We are poor,” Mohammed said of the boy.
Meanwhile in Lahore, Pakistan the death toll from the collapse of a three-story factory rose to 17 on Tuesday as rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble. A gas explosion caused the building to collapse on Monday, trapping dozens of laborers, mostly boys aged 14 – 14 inside.