8 May 2018 PakistanReligion Pervez Hoodbhoy is one of South Asia’s leading nuclear physicists and an eminent Pakistani academic and intellectual. He talks to Andy Heintz about why the word ‘liberal’ is so unpopular in Pakistan and the troubled legacy of international actors in the region Do you think veiling is mostly an autonomous choice made by Muslim women in Pakistan? Or is it something forced upon them because of pressure from Islamists? Pressure from Islamists to cover up is a fact. The extent varies from culture to culture. It is strongest in Saudi Arabia. Turkey was relaxed about it until Erdo˘gan took over. As for Pakistan, it was once a non-issue but the pressure has steadily increased from the 1980s onwards as people have become more pious. The mullahs want every woman in burqa. In 2007, I brought a radio broadcast from Islamabad’s Red Mosque to the attention of the authorities at Quaid-e-Azam University. The two institutions are … [Read more...] about What drives young men to embrace religious extremism in Pakistan?
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Sima Kamil is a reluctant role model in Pakistan.The 61-year-old chief executive officer walks into a 21st-floor meeting room at United Bank Ltd.’s headquarters in Karachi and right away says she doesn’t want to be viewed as a “token” woman and would prefer to discuss the bank’s strategy. Yet she recognizes that as the only woman heading a private sector lender in Pakistan -- and one of the very few women leading companies in the country -- she has a responsibility that goes beyond her job.“It’s a privilege and a burden at the same time,” she says in an interview in a building overlooking the sandstone school her father attended, amid the urban sprawl of the nation’s largest city. “They roll you out. I’ve tried to avoid that and it’s not always easy; some people feel I should do it because it’s part of my duty, so there’s a balance to be struck.’’Kamil’s rise through the ranks of … [Read more...] about This CEO Is a Reluctant Role Model in Pakistan’s Male-Dominated Banks
Platform will help its members focus on establishing a conducive environment for gender equality 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: PUBLICITY KARACHI : The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) has launched the ‘Heroes Leadership Lounge’ as part of its celebrations for International Women’s Day, stated a press release. The ‘Heroes Leadership Lounge’ is a mentoring platform that will provide online resources and active counselling for women as a means of empowering them in the work environment. The platform will also actively work on research and advocacy for the government and business sector to advance the business case for gender inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace. PHOTO: PUBLICITY The ‘Heroes Leadership Lounge’ is a continuation of the commitment made by OICCI in November 2017 to help its members focus on establishing a conducive environment for gender … [Read more...] about Heroes Leadership Lounge aims to empower women in work environment
Report reveals women in Pakistan are simultaneously deprived in child marriages, education, healthcare and employment 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS KARACHI: The United Nations released on Wednesday a report on gender equality for its Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 with Pakistan being one of the main four countries in focus. The report identifies inequality among women and girls and paints a sorry picture for the country. Using data from a UN Demographic and Health Surveys 2012-2013 report which takes into account variables such as wealth, location and ethnicity, the report reveals that 12 per cent of women in Pakistan (4.9 million) aged 18-49 are simultaneously deprived in four Sustainable Development Goals-related dimensions: 1. Child marriages, 2. Education, 3. Healthcare, and 4. Employment. PHOTO: UN “These women were not only married before the age of 18 and … [Read more...] about UN Women report shows worrying degree of gender inequality in Pakistan
Pakistani women have gone through great struggle to secure their basic rights 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Pakistani women have gone through great struggle to secure their basic rights. Following the catastrophic attacks of 9/11, Islam was suddenly propelled to the centre stage in the world media. Journalists, politicians, religious scholars and civilians alike began to decode and debate Islamic concepts and practices, perhaps in an attempt to justify what had happened. This gave way to many misconceptions and stereotypes regarding the religion. Out of the countless false notions that sprung up, the idea of the ‘victimised Muslim woman’ is the perhaps the most common. Terms like ‘veil’ and ‘burqa’ are now part of regular political jargon claiming that Muslim women are subjugated and victimised by these fundamentalist Islamic practices and should be rescued from their entrapment. To make matters worse, understanding and … [Read more...] about Feminism in Pakistan: A brief history