Blog - 16 Days of Activism 2018

  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

"My brother was so angry with my 'bhabi' advocating for my education that he beat her right in front of me"

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images.

My elder brother and I lost our mother a long time ago. After some time of her passing, our father got remarried and my brother moved out. My step-m...

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  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

 "My parents feared a broken-engagement would make me undesirable for marriage and would bring dishonor to the family"

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images.

I was a regular school-going girl growing up, wearing my hair in neat pigtails that my sister would make every morning. Little did I...

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  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images. 

Yasmin Sadiq, a 15 year old girl, lives in Mosa Colony, Bahawalpur (Asia’s largest ‘kachi abadi’) with her family. Until just 2017, Yasmin was enrolled in a Government school in her area. This was the only school in her village and happened to be co-...

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  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images.

Fatima was studying in a public school in her area (Mely Wali Gali, Bahawalpur) when she was younger. As is characteristic of men in her community, Fatima’s father was not supportive of girls’ education, often taunting her for ‘wasting her time’. The...

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  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images. 

Mahrukh is the first girl person in her family to have been enrolled in formal schooling. She is from a family of labourers from Mohajar Colony, Bahawalpur. As is unfortunately the case for many girls in rural Pakistan, culture was the reaso...

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  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images. 

Saira is from a Hindu community, one of the minority religions in a predominantly Muslim-country. As a result, Saira and her family were frequently discriminated against by others in their society of Bheel Nagar, Rahim Yar Khan. This made it...

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  Posted By ITA Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images. 

My name is Humaira Farhan. I am 12 years and live in a joint family system in Muzaffargarh, South Punjab. Since even before my birth, my grandmother always scolded my mother for not giving birth to a son. My mother has two daughters, and daughters are considered worthless next to a son in our...

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Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

Iram* Shahzadi lives with her family in Bahawalpur. Her father is blind, her mother is suffering from a serious kidney disease, and her siblings have either moved away or are younger than her. This combination makes earning even basic livelihoods for the family a huge challenge. As a result, Iram dropped out of school 7 years ago to run the family shop full-time instead. She handled all matters of the shop, even transporting produce from the market to their shop on her bicycle every morning. This was a very bold move on Iram’s part, as she lives in a society where girls are supposed to stay at home and especially not supposed to travel on bicycles.

Running a shop is difficult work. You have to deal with all sorts of clients, some aggressive, some rude, and some who are just waiting to take advantage of a young girl. This is why Iram’s story is truly a #HearMeToo case. She knew her responsibilities and let nothing, not even the ...

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  Posted By ITA Rahim Yar Khan Team
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

 From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images.

 

Razia Fatima is a 14-year-old girl living in a slum area in Rahim Yar Khan. Her father is bedridden with deteriorating health and her mother earns minimal wages. She has one elder brother but he does not live at home nor is able to contribute financially to his family. H...

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  Posted By Rastee Chaudhry
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This years’ theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images.

 

Childhood is envisioned as a beautiful period in a person’s life, where one spends their time playing with friends, discovering which ice cream flavor is their favourite, learning to recognize the colours of the rainbow and returning home to warm food and a bedtime story...

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  Posted By Siyani Sahelian ITA Team, Muzaffargarh
Education in Pakistan: Idara e Taleem o Aagahi ITA: A3G

From 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is to “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work”. These 16 days we will be sharing the stories of our very own ‘Siyani Sahelian’ (Wise Friends) who have faced violence and freed themselves through education. There are many more like them but they are faceless; these have come to the forefront due to their deeds and images.

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