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Why Women March? | Nida Usman Chaudhary

Today, an intersectional group of women, trans-genders and other allies will be marching from Lahore Press Club to Al-Hamra in order to mark the International Women’s Day in Lahore. Unfortunately, as with all other aspects of their lives and struggle for equality, this day and this march too is stigmatized by certain members of the society who have an interest in dismissing any effort that unites women. A common misconception about women who take to the streets to claim their space and their rights is that they are necessarily belligerent, man-hating, family distorting activists-type women who do not wish to see their fellow women settled in their homes and who are spoilt, privileged and defiant sinners destined to go to…

Girls’ Education Should Be a Priority for Our Society – Ahreeda Farooq

Education is the key to a healthy and prosperous future. One of the missions that we value the most is that of education. We plan to invest in the future by giving priority to education and making it available for children regardless of their financial background. Regrettably, a large number of children tend to be on the streets in Pakistan due to their unaffordability of the education. The need to educate the masses is crucial more than ever before. In the Information Age, the era of technology, when the competition to win the race of excellence is so high, a big chunk of our youth is deprived of the very essence of it all; Education. Another prominent problem that arises…

‘MERCURY’: The accumulating ‘darkness’ behind skin-whitening creams By Ayesha Baig

Equating beauty with fairness has long dominated the mentality of people around the world. South Asia in particular, has seen the rampant quest for beauty and fairness which in turn has given rise to the mushrooming of skin whitening creams leading to disastrous results. The superficial adverse effects of such whitening creams are apparent and thus are given more importance but what has been largely ignored up till now is the accumulation of mercury inside the body which must be the real treat. How dangerous a toxin is to human health depends upon its concentration in human body and the frequency by which human is exposed to that particular toxin. At present, researchers are paying attention towards the use of…

ARBITRATION – AN INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON – Jawaria A. Kashif

Arbitration is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). It is a way to resolve disputes outside the courts by one or more persons called the "arbitrators", "arbiters" or "arbitral tribunal", which render the "arbitration award". An arbitration award has the same effect as the order of the court. The arbitration award is legally binding on both parties to the dispute and is enforceable in the courts. Arbitration is used for the resolution of commercial disputes, especially in international commercial transactions. Arbitration is also frequently employed in consumer and employment matters in certain countries. Alternative dispute resolution is further classified into four classes i.e. negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law and sometimes a fifth type conciliation is also included as well.…

Harassment and Insecurity on Public Places and Bus Stops – Javeria Kashif

The Right to freedom of movement is a fundamental right and it is acknowledged universally in International Human Rights Instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966. Our Constitution also provides this basic right to every citizen of Pakistan. Every person has the right to move freely (Article 15 of Constitution of Pakistan 1973) Harassing women and girls on public places is one of the kinds of sexual harassment / violence. When women and girls travel alone they are being harassed on public places. Cultural and social norms severely restrict the movement of women and girls in Pakistani society. There are different ways of harassment which the harassers…