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Pakistan

A still from the film What Will People Say?

Shame, shame!

I discovered the movie What Will People Say? while browsing Netflix. Growing up in a society in which people are obsessed with everyone else’s opinion (except their own, perhaps), the name of the film caught my attention. Directed by Iram Haq and set in present-day Norway and Pakistan, the film is about Nisha, the teenaged…
Doodle. A long O shape with three x's drawn on its very top, one over the other.

Damage

When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small but significant part of me. I blamed my mother. I despised her. I loved her. Washington D.C., July 2010 The first and only time I had sex it did not go well. I was twenty-two, a late bloomer by…
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Pakistan’s slow but steady progress on ending child marriage

Law passed in Sindh province shows that despite religious opposition, steps taken to outlaw child marriage are taking effect. By: Mohammad Zia-ur-Rahman Pakistani students sing songs during a lesson. Child marriage often spells an abrupt end to pupils' education. Photograph: Nathalie Bardou/AP The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), one of Pakistan's most influential religious and constitutional bodies,…
Picture of a female acid attack survivor. She is wearing a black headscarf and her eyes are turned downwards.

Mirroring Reality: A Conversation with Sabiha Sumar – Part 2

In continuation of Mirroring Reality: A Conversation with Sabiha Sumar  – Part 1 Sabiha Sumar presents the harsh reality of women’s lives in a poignant film ‘Saving Face’ – a documentary about survivors of acid-attacks in rural Pakistan. This time wearing the producer’s hat, she explained, 'Acid throwing is both an urban and rural phenomenon.…
A picture of Pakistani feminist filmmaker Sabiha Sumar. Her dark hair has specks of gray in it, and she is wearing thick-rimmed glasses and a checked t shirt.

Mirroring Reality: A Conversation with Sabiha Sumar

[Editor’s note: This Women’s Day, we have Surbhi Dewan talking to Sabiha Sumar about her films Good Morning Karachi, and Saving Face. She also talks about her journey as a successful Pakistani filmmaker over the last 20 years. The article has been published in two parts. Part two will be released on March 15th 2014.]…
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Voices: Terha Pakistan

‘Pakistan is a homophobic place,’ Karim continues. ‘As in any other conservative society, queers can have all the sex and love that they want – as long as they’re quiet about it. One of the problems with this is that people can get away with a lot of things, murder included.’ He pauses. ‘There are…
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