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“An Islamic Feminist: Asiya Andrabi and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat of Kashmir”

From Francesca Marino, an intimate look at a woman who presents a paradox that is difficult to reconcile with many widely held beliefs about Muslim women.  Says Marino:

“I wanted to meet [Asiya Andrabi] for two reasons: the Dukhtaran-e-Millat was, and still is, the only jihadi female group of the region. It is a “soft” terrorist group, but they are openly at actively supporting jihad. The other reason, and the main one, was that Asiya calls herself an “Islamic feminist” and, according to her, she fights for equal rights within the frame of Islam.”

Read more: (from the Journal of South Asia Women Studies)

December 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

LIVE: “Inside the State Department”

I had the privilege tonight of attending the premiere of the National Geographic Channel’s latest, “Inside the State Department”.  The highlight of the event was getting to sing “Happy Birthday” to Secretary Clinton herself!

“Inside the State Department” follows Secretary Clinton and her team to get an insider’s view of life as America’s top diplomat, including visits to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi, Israel, and Egypt.  The U.S.’s commitment to support women figures prominently in the documentary, showing the Secretary’s response to the bombing of a women’s market just before her arrival in Pakistan, and her efforts to reach out to Pakistani women.

It’s a fascinating piece, and I highly recommend it.  It will air on Monday, November 8.

For more info:

October 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm 1 comment

U.S. and Pakistan Partner for Gender Equity

Secretary of State Clinton recently announced a new five-year, $40 million Gender Equity Program aimed at advancing women’s rights and empowerment in Pakistan by:

  • Expanding women’s access to justice;
  • Helping women exercise their rights in the workplace, community, and home
  • Combating gender-based violence
  • Strengthening the capacity of Pakistani organizations that advocate for gender equality, women’s empowerment and the elimination of gender-based violence

The U.S. has already committed $12.5 million for this program and nationwide grant-making is expected to begin in August.

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August 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

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