Social mobilisers:The real Qaum ki Betiyan

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    Social mobilisers:The real Qaum ki Betiyan

    Courage is not confined to people with college education living in fancy houses. Rather, it resides within every person. However, very few people are brave enough to call upon that reserve and make a difference in their lives and in the communities they live in. Shabana and Nazira are among those people who not only have oodles of courage but challenge others to call upon their reserves as well.
    Shabana is a social mobiliser working with rural communities in Mirpur Khas. She educates women in rural communities and gives them basic training on a number of issues ranging from health and hygiene to start up businesses and gender rights. Once, she was holding a meeting in the house of a Muslim woman where a few Hindu women also came to attend. One woman came with her toddler who was thirsty and asked for water. The host initially tried to ignore the child’s request for water because she did not want a low caste Hindu boy to drink from her glass. When the child repeatedly asked for water and other people insisted that she get him some, she brought it in a dirty broken cup. The child refused to drink from the cup and started to cry. The mother of the child was frustrated and slapped him while crying at the humiliation herself.
    Shabana quietly observed the incident but did not say anything. She asked the hostess to get her some water and both Shabana and the child drank from the same glass. Some women were scandalised but most just watched Shabana sharing the glass with a Hindu boy and then cradling him in her arms during the discussion with the group. After working for 16 months in the community, Shabana’s perseverance, patience and courage has made such a difference that all the women eat and drink from the same plates and glasses. Furthermore, some women have even saved up enough money to start their collective businesses.
    Nazira, another woman of courage, is a low caste Hindu from a village in southern Sindh. Married off at age 15 to a jobless man, she became a mother one year later and realised that she had to shoulder the multiple responsibilities of a wife, a mother and the sole breadwinner for her family. After having two more children while working at any odd job she could get her hands on, she decided not to have any more. Her husband, a lazy man who worked sporadically, took it as a slight and did not accept her decision. He tried everything, from coaxing her to beating her black and blue but Nazira remained steadfast in her determination and sought medical measures to keep her family small. The husband left afterwards, abandoning Nazira to fend for herself and her three children.
    Nazira is 27 today and works as a labuorer for a community infrastructure development project run by an NGO with a regular income and medical insurance. She lost her home in the rains last year but she is happy and content. Her sons go to school and she is looked up to by the women in her community as a courageous woman who worked hard to change her life. Many other women adopted family planning measures following Nazira’s example.
    Shabana and Nazira, sadly, may not be called heroes by many people in our society. But what they are doing is amazing at many levels because their examples not only challenge unhealthy practices in our society but also give rural communities much-needed role models to follow.
     
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    Pakistani activist gets US’ International Women of Courage Award

    WASHINGTON: A Pakistani woman activist from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has been conferred with the International Women of Courage award by the US.
    Shad Begum was presented the award by US First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a ceremony on Thursday, which was also attended by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman.
    Shad hails from Lower Dir district of Malakand division, which was briefly under militant rule before the Pakistan Army launched an operation in May 2009. She has been recognised for her contribution to the improvement in the lives of women in conservative communities.
    Shad is among 10 women who were given the award from as many countries, which are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, Sudan, Cambodia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Turkey and Brazil.
    Born in 1974, Shad founded the Anjuman Behbud-e-Khawateen Talash (ABKT) in Lower Dir in 1994 to work on women rights and development. The organisation has now been renamed as the Association for Behaviour and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT).
    Last year, a Pakistani woman named Ghulam Sughra, was given the award.
     
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    Once, she was holding a meeting in the house of a Muslim woman where a few Hindu women also came to attend. One woman came with her toddler who was thirsty and asked for water. The host initially tried to ignore the child’s request for water because she did not want a low caste Hindu boy to drink from her glass. When the child repeatedly asked for water and other people insisted that she get him some, she brought it in a dirty broken cup. The child refused to drink from the cup and started to cry. The mother of the child was frustrated and slapped him while crying at the humiliation herself.

    True face of Pakistan...
     
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    Same is far more worst in india where dalit get beaten to death just for using water pump.

    In heat wave, Dalit beaten to death for using water pump


    True face of india.
     
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    Police are searching for the thug who did that and will bring him to justice.

    In Pakistan, women like you oppress others on the basis of caste and brag about it.

    True face of Pakistani Islam. If women get raped, they need four witnesses.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/pak...port-rape-unless-able-to-produce-4-witnesses/

    Meanwhile do you consider Ahmedis muslims and will you drink water from their utensils and will you worship in their mosques?

    In Pakistan, even the Govt and police are crooks.

    http://alufaq.com/rabwah-ahmadi-muslim-killed-pakistan-due-brutal-torture-punjab-police
    http://alufaq.com/pakistan-ahmadi-man-shot-dead-target-killing-grandson-injured

    Pakistani TV discussion justifies murder of Ahmedis.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVqSitcDIY

    Hey Ajtr will your abbujaan allow you to marry an ahmedi?

    Do you agree that Ahmedis are muslims too and deserve equal rights?

    Will you live with an Ahmedi?

    Or are they too dirty for your burqa clad mighty personality?
     
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    Ajtr, look what burkha clad fanatics like you are doing.

    In India, one so called thug and his henchmen killed a man but he had to run from the law.

    In Pakistan, the entire mosque turns out to attack the entire minority community over the actions of a boy. And the police dismiss it as a minor incident.

    http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/jul/09/hindus-hounded-into-karachi-cattle-pen.htm

    True face of Pakistan indeed.

    Why exactly did you Pakistanis convert to Islam if not for power and greed and to be the boot lickers of the mughals and others?

    After all, there is no country bringing a worse name to Islam today than Pakistan.

    Islams name is being tarnished thanks to Pakistanis.

    Either you dont know much about Pakistan or are a liar.

    I hope you are not one more of the fanatical Mirpur wannabe Pakistanis whose dads send them off at 17 to get forcibly married. And if not...honor killing!
     
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    Even the pakistani courts and police are animals

    AFP: Pakistan remands police over rapes of five women

    A Pakistani court on Monday remanded three border policemen accused of raping five young women and filming the attack, officials said.

    The women, aged 15 to 21, said they were taken from a picnic resort to a police station in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the capital Islamabad, where they were raped.


    and the record of the pakistani courts?

    Rape is notoriously difficult to prosecute in Pakistan, where women are often treated as second-class citizens.

    In April 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of five men sentenced to death in Pakistan's most famous rape case, that of Mukhtar Mai.

    Mai was gang raped in 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment, after her brother, who was aged just 12 at the time, was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan.


    And pakistans judges are notorious..

    Pakistan Chief Justice's son at centre of graft claim

    hopping at London's expensive Harrods store, staying at apartments costing £40,000 (nearly Rs.34 lakh) in monthly rent, luxury vehicles for travel in England, three annual trips to European destinations including Monte Carlo... Sounds like another corruption scandal from Pakistan.

    The only difference is that this time it does not involve a politician.

    The man at the centre of these accusations is Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry[/i]

    Read more at: Pakistan Chief Justice's son at centre of graft claim : Pakistan, News - India Today
     

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