Blog - 16 Days of Activism 2018

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

Umaima is from a humble background where her father supports her family of five on a small income. With the limited salary, Umaima’s father was unable to support her desire for a quality higher education. Umaima has always had a passion for art and creativity, which her family acknowledged and supported after realizing her potential.

Being an independent individual, Umaima decided to earn herself and started privately tutoring children and teaching at a school part-time. She completed her Bachelors in Economics, after which she decided to pursue her passion for art and design by enrolling in a Fashion Designing diploma.

Dreams and aspiring to become a fashion designer one day, she knew she had to pursue a degree in Fashion despite her limited means. She came across the advertisement by the FAL foundation and decided to apply for it. After completing the app...

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

Salva Robab Chohan belongs to a middle-class family from Sialkot city. Her father is a driver. She is the eldest of her siblings, with two younger sisters who are able to continue their studies because of the scholarships offered by the NTS. The children know that they belong to a self-made family and have faced many hardships, thus taking a keen interest in their studies to get scholarships on merit.

Life came to a standstill for Salva’s family when her sister went through a horrible accident, due to which she suffered a broken leg, because all the family savings had to be spent for the operation of her sister.

Being a bright student always, Salva had full faith in her abilities. One day, she saw an advertisement by the Fair and Lovely Foundation for their FAL scholarship program, to which she decided to apply with full confidence in her abilities. When Salva finally received the call from Unilever, she was ecstatic: her hard work had finally paid off. Salva&r...

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

In a small village of Mirpurkhas lives a family with four sons and daughters, of which the eldest in Aiman. Aiman’s father runs a small store with which he supports his entire family. Considering her financial constraints and her background from a family that doesn’t see value in girls’ education, Aiman never dreamt she would be able to continue her studies. Despite this, she did not give up – by gathering money by tutoring younger children and selling pillow covers which she stitched, she managed to complete her intermediate studies with very good grades. Unfortunately, her family’s financial situation got worse and her family had to ask her to leave her education after intermediate.

 

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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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