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The Amazon in Danger | Mumtaz Mir

The Amazon Rainforest is a moist, tropical, broadleaf forest, which is in the Amazon biome and covers a majority of the Amazon Basin in South America. Its area is 5.5 million kilometres square and it spreads out over nine nations- Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, but majority of the forest is located within Brazil. The Amazon comprises of over half of the remaining rainforests of the planet, plus, is home to an estimated 390 billion individual trees, divided into 16,000 species. Recently, it was discovered that the Amazon has been burning for months now, with the month of August seeing a rapid growth in the number of observed wildfires, which were first reported by…

Climate Change | Mahnaz Mir

The climate system encompasses five interacting parts – the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere – which are working cooperatively to maintain the earth’s temperature. The biosphere or ecosphere literally interprets as the layer of the planet Earth where life exists. The atmosphere is simply the air, or a mixture of gases, surrounding the earth. The hydrosphere would be all the water content found on and around the earth; while the cryosphere are those portions of the earth that comprise only of frozen water content. The lithosphere – which is the outer most shell of the earth (the crust) – influences the atmosphere dynamically. This is because of the winds blowing over the surface of the earth, which directly influence…

Press Release: Women and Writing Session 3 | Rethinking Writing

23rd August 2019 | Lahore. On August 23rd, 2019 Lahore Education and Research Network (LEARN) conducted the third session of their ‘Rethinking Writing’ Initiative in association with Olomopolo media in Lahore. The session aimed to focus the particular challenges faced by women as writers and why it is important for them to continue to write and reclaim their space nevertheless. The driving question behind the session was whether writing was a means to counteract erasure and if so, how can women continue contributing their voice to their issues for their cause? The panel consisted of, Ms. Sana Munir (author of ‘Unfettered Wings’), Ms. Shabana Mahfooz (freelance Journalist, writer and trainer), Ms. Nasira Zuberi (Urdu Poet and Media Person), Ms. Sana…

To Overcome Institutional Challenges, Make Justice System More Accessible | Nida Usman Chaudhary

First Published by NayaDaur on May 4 2019 Pakistan’s justice system needs to be more accessible, gender-sensitive and equal so that people don’t need to resort to other informal platforms for getting their grievances heard. The trust deficit among public must be bridged, writes Nida Usman. In an ideal world, there would be rule of law and a justice system that is effective in maintaining law and order in the land in a way which seeks to eliminate miscarriages of justice and ensure due process and a fair trial. In an ideal world, people will access justice with faith and belief that justice will not only be done but be seen to have been done and its delivery will not…

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…