“I think WAF’s major achievement has been in mainstreaming women’s issues; be it violence in all its forms, democracy, education, health care or anything else. They have pressed forward with these issues to such an extent that political parties now have to acknowledge their presence. We have also played a role in establishing institutions, such as the Ministry of Women, the Commission on the Status of Women, contributing to policy and instituting laws that favour women. The women’s movement has been part of the country’s democratic struggle.

“Women, in the broader context, have never been part of the extremist agenda. Even during the time of Maulana Fazlullah, and “Mullah Radio”, the Swati women who initially backed him eventually withdrew, when they realised what his agenda was.

“Most of all, women need economic freedom and control over their own financial resources in order to be empowered. That is where their position needs to be strengthened to enable them to attain their full human potential.”

Opinion

Gaming LNG
Updated 05 Aug 2021

Gaming LNG

What looked like rank incompetence about a year ago is now beginning to smack of malfeasance.
Healing the spirit
05 Aug 2021

Healing the spirit

ROC medal winners could not hear their national anthem being played.
Returning to a repressive order
Updated 04 Aug 2021

Returning to a repressive order

There is no sign of the Taliban showing any flexibility in their position and taking a more moderate stance.

Editorial

A tragic anniversary
Updated 05 Aug 2021

A tragic anniversary

Attempts to change IOK's demography should end and India must open channels with the genuine Kashmiri leadership.
05 Aug 2021

Currency pressure

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05 Aug 2021

Protecting breastfeeding

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PML-N’s dilemma
Updated 04 Aug 2021

PML-N’s dilemma

The road ahead for the PML-N is going to be long and bumpy no matter which narrative it follows.
04 Aug 2021

Attacks on cops

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04 Aug 2021

Myanmar about-face

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