[act-ma] Thursday December 6 7PM @ Tufts - "A Thousand Malalas: Pakistan's Struggle for Women's Rights"

Samujjal (Shayan) Purkayastha me at samujjal.com
Tue Dec 4 18:10:55 PST 2012

The South Asian Political Action Committee and the Center for South Asian
and Indian Ocean Studies present, "A Thousand Malalas: Pakistan's Struggle
for Women's Rights," a lecture by Beena Sarwar, an eminent Pakistani

On Oct 9th, 14 year old education activist Malala Yousafzai was shot and
seriously injured by Taliban gunmen in the Swat Valley of north-western
Pakistan; one of the more egregious of a number of attacks on women and
women's rights campaigners throughout the country. The incident has let to
considerable focus on the lack of women's rights in Pakistan. While
oppression of women in Pakistan is an ongoing reality, the narrative in the
main-stream society about the issue has been somewhat one-sided and

Eminent Pakistani Journalist Beena Sarwar will give us a nuanced and
progressive understanding of the realities of the issues and solutions
related to women's conditions in Pakistan while debunking some of the myths
surrounding them in the prevailing narrative. She will also acquaint us
with stories of some other heroes like Malala, who are fighting against the
injustice on women in the country.

Beena Sarwar is a leading journalist, artist and filmmaker from Pakistan
focusing on human rights, gender, media and peace. She is currently the
Pakistan Editor of the Aman ki Asha (Hope for Peace) initiative by the Jang
Group and The Times of India, that aims to develop peace between the
countries of India and Pakistan. She was previously a fellow at the Carr
Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

When: Thursday 6th December 2012, 7PM
Where: Cabot 102 at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
170 Pakard Ave, Medford, MA

The following articles will help the attendees to acquaint themselves with
the issues:

1. Pakistan's women remain voiceless amid all the talk of war and

2. The Girl Who Wanted to Go to School

3. Malala Yousufzai: Women’s Rights and the Narratives of Ruling Elites

4. The Girl Who Changed Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai
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