Category Archives: Women

In the name of the poor

The Nation – December 25, 2013   by NAJMA SADEQUE   How were government’s various microcredit schemes — launched in 2002 — doing? They decided to check, and after 6-7 years, conducted a field study, getting information from the horse’s … Continue reading

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A disastrous de-skilling

Killing the skills that feed the world and economies When you kill skills, you take away livelihoods; When you de-skill peasants, you take away survival Think before you eat!  December 11, 2013 NAJMA SADEQUE Wishing to help empower women while … Continue reading

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How to get rid of a wife

Sheba has been married for 15 years into a wealthy business-­industrialist family. She has two children, a 7-year old daughter and 14-year old son. Not long ago, her husband took on a second wife without so much as a by-your-leave. … Continue reading

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Throwback to the Zia era

by Najma Sadeque For women the CII is symbol of the regressive status quo The ushering in of the new government couldn’t have been more inauspicious for women. Days before it was sworn in, the Council for Islamic Ideology jumped … Continue reading

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The same yesterdays, tomorrow

By Najma Sadeque This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of an ‘elected’ government winding up and preparations towards electing a new one. Will it make any difference to women? Not likely…     The past five years … Continue reading

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Why the ‘feminization’ of poverty happened:

Men designed culture and economies that way! by Najma Sadeque It has probably got something to do with the male psyche or genes or an invariable kind of conditioning that is as old as hills. There was once a belief … Continue reading

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Sixteen days for women

By Najma Sadeque Published in DAWN – November 26, 2007 SOME years ago, a woman undergoing life imprisonment in Sukkur jail for murdering her husband — something she readily confessed to — said poignantly: “I don’t know why he beat … Continue reading

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