I broke up with my last boyfriend just over a year ago. He was a nice boy; in fact, a bit too nice – so much so that I wanted us to get married. (I don’t believe in doing things by halves). His small but rather immovable disagreement on the matter lead to us eventually… Continue reading Of singleness and the reluctance to mingle
I was going to write about this sooner, but on the day of the event in question, our beautiful Lahore was hit by a bomb blast. In the aftermath of shock and horror, it took me time to be able to gather up my wits and write about this. I’ve always dreamed of a revolution… Continue reading #GirlsonBikes – Cycling against the Patriarchy
In the past few months or so, I have lost a considerable amount of weight. I will go into more details about the whole experience in another post, but in this I wanted to talk about the training I’ve been doing specifically in the last few months – weightlifting – and its effects. I’m a pretty lazy… Continue reading On Weightlifting, and Why I Love It
Something that I seem to encounter a lot, and which always makes me wince, is when a well-meaning (or defensive) chap trots out the line “of course I believe in women’s rights, I respect women, they are our sisters, mothers, daughters…”. Similar to this, although not exactly, are platitudes like “if you don’t respect women,… Continue reading of individual worth.
I had a different post planned for today, but this recent incident has shaken me up too badly to want to blog about anything else. Yesterday, gunmen shot down 14 year-old activist Malalai Yousufzai in Swat. This brave little girl, who had simply wanted education for herself and her sisters, who had the courage to… Continue reading For Malalai
On the 4th of July, the AKU Working Group for Women held a seminar discussing and critiquing the World Bank annual report 2012 on Gender and Development. It was a limited event, with about 30 people in total, including some prominent feminists and economists. The meeting was divided into three sections, corresponding to the report’s… Continue reading WGW: Critique on the World Bank Report 2012 on Gender and Development
It’s been a relatively crappy week as far as the internet and women’s rights are concerned. I’ve come across so many instances of misogyny on both a smaller, more personal scale as well as on a larger, national scale that it’s got me railing, angry and upset. And of course as a result I’ve come… Continue reading Of subtle and not-so-subtle misogyny