August2015

  • Empowering Women Hackathon #TakesBackTheWheel

    Pakistan Innovation Foundation – an apolitical non-profit dedicated using innovation to bring about a transformation in the Pakistani society – launched the Women’s Transportation Innovation Challenge and Hacatkhon this week. There are millions of women who use public transportation to get to work or educational institutions in Pakistan and...
  • The trade of gendered vulnerabilities

    There’s a reason why Liam Neeson’s movie “Taken” has captured our attention as its terrifying premise of losing one’s daughter to a powerful international human trafficking syndicate hits a raw nerve in every parent’s mind. And while we would like to think that the government is doing its job...
  • Eight awesome female rebels we want in real life

    While literature and history is replete with examples of gender inequality and objectification of women. Be it fact or fiction, reams of paper have also been used to illustrate the female gender as strong, emancipated and intellectually extraordinary. From the feisty Scarlett O’ Hara, the demonically powerful SHE, effervescent...
  • Arab Woman Awards 2015 UAE announces panel of illustrious judges

    Dubai, UAE: The Arab Woman Awards UAE’s organisers have finalised an illustrious panel of female judges for the Awards’ 2015 edition. The awards aim to raise public awareness of significant achievements by Arab women in the region and provide young women with inspirational role models. Nominations for participants are...
  • On Gendering the Media

    Women have suffered more by the hands of chroniclers than history itself! The importance of inclusivity is now being acknowledged not only in how the story is written, but also by whom it is actually penned. While this realization has dawned upon us quite late, and progress, albeit at...
  • Beauty is never #nofilter

    How many times have we heard ourselves saying: “Beauty is only skin deep” and “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and actually believing it? Many times, I suppose, especially during our impressionable years… and then faithfully, we hold on to them even as we find ourselves learning just...
  • Commodifying Woman Through Time

    Gender inequality is an issue deeply entrenched in modern society stemming from various factors including poverty, lack of and inadequate access to education, or illiteracy; history bears witness to its existence since time immemorial. A brief look into Greco-Roman myths and Eurasian history will show how the female sex...
  • Developing Theatrical Talents of Young Women

    Sharjah, 13th of August 2015: The Arab Theatre Institute (ATI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah to support and nurture talented young ladies in performing arts and improve their artistic skills, contributing to preparing a new generation of creative female theater artists. The...
  • Pakistani Drama Actresses Who Rule the Roost

    Way before the deluge of the Indian drama with likes of Kiyon Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Because a mum-inlaw was once a daughter-inlaw) and what have you; it was actually the Pakistani small screen that had the subcontinent viewers glued to their seats. From the awe-inspiring Khuda ki Basti...