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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bombaeb's Anti Rape Rap - 2 Indian women's response to rape culture goes viral

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A #RapAgainstRape by two Indian women Pankhuri Awasthi and Uppekha Jain has been going viral. India is becoming known as the rape capital of the world with horrific stories like that of student Jyoti Singh Pandey who was brutally gang raped and died as a result of her injuries. To add insult to injury, the lawyers defending her attackers intimated that she was somehow responsible because she fought back. This is just one of a series of stories from India that highlight a culture of misogyny and sexual violence.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Sowing the seeds for Peace between India & Pakistan

The Exchange for Change program aims to change attitudes in India and Pakistan at the grass roots level

Exchange for Change, Citizens Archive Pakistan, Karachi Exhibition
Visitors to the Citizen's Archive Pakistan Exchange for Change exhibition at Frere Hall
Peace between India and Pakistan occasionally appears within reach but more often seems nothing more than a fool’s pipe dream. There is so much ugly history and distrust between our two nations that it’s difficult to imagine the situation changing. It’s easy to bemoan the situation but some bright souls are actually spearheading initiatives like Exchange for Change to make peace more likely.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Wise up on inflation - coping with austerity in Pakistan

It’s time to get smart about austerity. You’ve seen the plunging rupee and headlining inflation figures on the news but more than that you will have felt the pressure on your pocket. Whether you’re a member of the Birkin brigade or a low-paid blue-collar worker, you will be aware that money simply doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.
Cash is tight by the end of the month                                     DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID, Express Tribune

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Socialite Entrepreneurs boost the Economy - Women in Pakistan taking charge of their own destiny

Published in the Express Tribune on May 19th
Fashion tycoon Sana Hashwani with Nausheen "Pepsi" Leghari - owner of Links School

Designer Khadija Shah with the editors of Paper magazine
There was a time when the only work socialites did was light charity fundraising – organising expensive balls for their chums or sweet-talking friends and family into donating. Not anymore. High society designers like SanaSafinaz are now an economic force to be reckoned with, employing thousands of workers, with sales running into millions of rupees.
The list of what top fashion journalists have termed “socialite designers” reads like a who’s who of both fashion and society. From Khadijah Shah to newcomers like Misha Lakhani, many of fashion’s elite are “it-girls” who certainly don’t need to work and yet have built professional, thriving businesses. Many society women, such as Nadia and Ayesha Ellahi, design on a smaller scale; to the extent where it now seems there is a “designer” in every family.
However, socialite entrepreneurs haven’t limited themselves to just designing clothes. They are running furniture shops, salons, bakeries, shoe shops, gyms and more. Many start out in a small way, holding exhibitions for friends and family. For some, this is as far as they go, finding small-scale exhibitions the perfect vehicle for a work-life balance. Others, however, use exhibitions as a springboard to a more professional approach selling online or even opening an outlet.

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