Inclusivity in Climate change: how far have the women come?

Fozia Parveen* Women’s Day is a reminder for us to look at how the world is shaping around us in this day and age. Pakistan’s average CO2 emissions is 1.05 tonnes per capita compared to the global average of 4.82 tonnes per capita. Regardless of our contribution to global greenhouse (GHG) emissions, we have been declared theContinue reading “Inclusivity in Climate change: how far have the women come?”

Understating Plastic to minimise plastic waste

‘Say no to plastic because a plastic bag takes 200-1000 years to degrade’ each time I say this in my anti plastic campaign, I wonder what has the humble plastic got to do with all this? It has only been around to help us, completely misused by us. Plastic is not the monster. We areContinue reading “Understating Plastic to minimise plastic waste”

Sustainable Development Goals

Why should everyone know about them  Huma, asked me to write and introductory post on SDGs to which I instantly agreed. Partly because everyone should know it and partly because there is suddenly so much more activism in this world that lacks knowledge.  Here are a few things you need to know before I speakContinue reading “Sustainable Development Goals”

Who do you want your child to be…

Written By: Rabia Nazir One of my close friends who is a primary school teacher often shares innocent stories of her students as a part of our ‘how was the day?’ routine. A couple of weeks ago, she mentioned that one of the most intelligent students in her class has been missing school for aContinue reading “Who do you want your child to be…”

Proposal from HE, who must not be Remembered

Sending a marriage proposal in Pakistan is like playing darts at home elsewhere. Give it a go, if it works very well, after all it was meant to be… If it doesn’t work, God forbid!! how could she ever say NO!!! (that characterless *************** -put as many stars as you can imagine-) As one ofContinue reading “Proposal from HE, who must not be Remembered”

Fair, Lovely and Politically Incorrect

By: Fozia Tahir Having lived in the UK for five years I had almost forgotten the importance of fair skin in Pakistan. I recently attended a musical event in my hometown in the north of Pakistan where majority of the population has lighter skin tone. The Host who of course happened to be from theContinue reading “Fair, Lovely and Politically Incorrect”

Violence against women and girls

  An eighteen-year-old woman chronically raped by her father, brother and uncles since she was eight. A nineteen-year-old girl having chronic pelvic and genital pain secondary to genital mutilation. A twelve-year-old female child being sold and married off to a forty two year old man in her village. A twenty-eight-year old woman physically beaten byContinue reading “Violence against women and girls”

Mental health, society and stigma.

Author: Huma R Khan The extent of the issue The premise of this article is to discuss mental health, common mental health issues, the issues of stigma and to signpost to some important resources and organisations. Mental health problems are a significant contributor to the overall disease burden worldwide, with major depression being the secondContinue reading “Mental health, society and stigma.”

Polygyny – Provision or Privilege

Written By: Rabia Nazir The fast-pacing world is not only shaping thinking patterns of masses; the relationship forms and choices are also moving from ‘traditional’ to ‘tailored’. Non-believing researchers often question that why a religion like Islam which strongly supports the rights of women accepts ‘polygamy’. Islam allows ‘polygyny’ to be more specific; implying thatContinue reading “Polygyny – Provision or Privilege”