Arts & Culture




Women fight conservatism by leading prayers


By: Mohani Niza   KUALA LUMPUR: Mandeera Mohamed*, 40, has always been concerned about the status of women in Islam and several years ago she mustered the courage to lead a mixed gender prayer congregation. It took courage because leading a congregation in prayer is generally regarded as a man’s...

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Manto’s Saugandi


By Noor-ul-Ain Lashari   “A man remains a man no matter how poor his conduct. A woman, even if she were to deviate for one instance…is branded a whore…if both are equal, why are our barbs reserved for the woman?”   Saadat Hasan Manto Saadat Hasan Manto has been one of the...

Women & Wellness

First ever ‘Girls’ Hygiene Day’ held in Afghanistan


REPORT from UN Children's Fund KABUL, Afghanistan, 30 AUGUST 2017 – The first ever ‘Girls’ Hygiene Day’ in Afghanistan was marked today with a high level event at the Marble Palace under the slogan, ‘Nothing can stop me going to school’, to raise national awareness of the importance of girls’ hygiene and...

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