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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…
A photo of a group of girl children

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,…
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