Pakistan

“I shall raise my voice. If I didn’t do it, who would?”

Malala Yousafzai

Seven years ago, Zubaida Ali witnessed a bizarre ceremony in her ancestral village in Sindh where her cousin Fareeba was married to the Holy Quran.

“It was extremely odd and, of course, very tragic. Fareeba, who is a very pretty girl and was then around 25 years old, was dressed as a typical bride, with red, sequined clothes, jewellery and mehndi patterns on her hands and feet but over all this she was draped in an enveloping dark chaddor. There was music and lots of guests but no groom,’’ Zubaida, 33, was quoted as saying by IRIN, the UN information unit in a report.

Pakistan’s second review under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place on the 30 October 2012, and was attended by a large delegation led by Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and including the Advisor on Human Rights and the Advisor on Minorities.

Young schoolgirls seemed undeterred by the attempt to kill Malala Yousafzai, but parents in northern Pakistan are becoming increasingly concerned over their children going to school.

A mother and father in Pakistani-administered Kashmir have been arrested for murdering their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid "in the name of an honour", police say.

Please mark the date, November 10, 2012. It is Malala Day. Nov 10 is exactly one month since Malala fought off an assassination attempt against her. On that day, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education will travel to Pakistan. 

The 11th of October is the First UN International Day for the Girl Child, and Women Living Under Muslim Laws would like to mark this day by dedicating it to 14-year old Malala Yousafzai - a young school girl so spirited and courageous that she has inspired thousands of people around the world.

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) strongly condemns the attempted assassination on school girl and activist, Malala Yousufzai for promoting female education.  Spirited and outspoken, Malala has been an advocate for girls’ access to education in her region from the age of 11 “dreaming of a day where education prevails”.

Malala Yousafzai was attacked on her way home from school in Mingora, the region's main town.Nominated for an international peace award, she came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban.

Gulalai Ismail, jeune femme de 25 ans défenseure des droits humains (FDDH) et Présidente de Aware Girls[1] travaille depuis de nombreuses années pour améliorer la condition des jeunes femmes au Pakistan. Gulalai s'entretient avec l’AWID et nous fait part de ses expériences comme jeune FDDH vivant dans un contexte d'oppression et de discrimination sous le prétexte de raisons culturelles et religieuses.

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