Saturday 8 May 2021
April 20, 2021
Inside Pakistan's 'Conversion Factory' For Hindu Brides
In Pakistan’s Sindh Province, influential cleric Mian Mitha operates what his opponents describe as a “conversion factory” in which young Hindu women are allegedly converted to Islam by force and married off to Muslim men. Few Hindu families feel empowered to challenge him.
April 20, 2021
No Going Back: Pakistani Hindus 'Forced' To Convert To Islam
As many as 1,000 Hindu girls in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam each year and married off to Muslim men. RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal spoke to desperate families who have been torn apart and questioned the clerics behind the alleged forced conversions.
March 30, 2021
Nurses In Northwest Pakistan Protest For Better Work Conditions
Hundreds of nurses protested in northwestern Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province to demand improvements in their working conditions. Nurses from across the province gathered in Peshawar on March 30 to demand paid vacations, pension benefits, and opportunities for career progression.
March 23, 2021
Afghan Women's Radio Station Raises Its Voice For Rights And Peace
Radio Women’s Tune, a local station based in southwestern Afghanistan, was launched on International Women's Day. Amid an ongoing wave of violence against journalists in the country, 10 female staff members are using their broadcasts to support peace efforts and promote women's rights.
March 11, 2021
With No Peace In Sight, Afghan Women Are Losing Hope For Change
Afghan women have prospered during the past two decades thanks to access to education and careers and their government's commitment to women's rights. They now fear those hard-won freedoms, jobs, and opportunities will be sacrificed for the sake of the peace process.
March 08, 2021
Protests, Dancing, And Sports Mark International Women's Day In Pakistan
In Pakistan, rallies and sports events marked International Women's Day on March 8. In Islamabad, hundreds of women took to the streets to demand equal rights, social justice, and freedom for women. In Peshawar, girls from all over Pakistan participated in three days of sports events.
February 19, 2021
Shunned By Other Churches, Pakistan's Transgender Community Makes Its Own
The transgender community in Karachi has found its own place of worship after being harassed or turned away from other churches in the Pakistani city. The First Church For Eunuchs -- a term used in Pakistan for transgender people -- was set up by Pastor Ghazala Shafique of the Church of Pakistan.
February 09, 2021
Pakistani Universities Dictate ‘Conservative’ Dress Code
Students at two public universities in northwestern Pakistan are speaking out against conservative dress codes that ban women from wearing jeans, tights, and makeup while requiring men not to wear earrings, torn jeans, or shorts.
February 01, 2021
Afghan Female Commandos Fear For Future As Taliban Talks Continue
Mariam Noorzai is a commando in the Afghan National Army. Since her husband was seriously injured in combat, she's the main breadwinner for both her own family and the family of her brother-in-law, who was killed in a land-mine explosion 14 years ago.
January 12, 2021
Commentary: The Dilemma Of Moving Primary Education To Mosques In Afghanistan
In a joint op-ed, Said Sabir Ibrahimi and Pashtana Durrani question the Afghan Education Ministry’s plan to move primary education to mosques. They argue that while mosques can only be used as temporary schools, the real aim should be to strengthen and reform the current formal education system.