Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ain’t No Pakistan Without Women – A Brief Pictorial

A jobless Pakistani citizen offers his ‘eye for sale’ to feed his poor family!

More and more families are constrained to sell their children to survive abject poverty, to pay off debt, for sex trade, and at times must even choose between selling a kidney or a child.

Soaring poverty and socio-economic inequalities and inequities in Pakistan are affecting women the most.

Below are few faces of the rising social and economic disparities in Pakistan and how women are fighting back to survive.
Women artisans at a handicrafts and stitching centre
A woman biking to work confronts a traffic sergeant
A woman cab driver on the road
A girl biking to school with her sisters


A girl biking to school with her sisters
A woman driving an auto-rickshaw
The challenge of basic needs - Food, Health, Shelter...
The challenge of basic needs - Food, Health, Shelter...
The challenge of basic needs - Why Children For Sale?
The challenge of basic needs - Education...
Pakistani Women in the Military
Women Medics in the Pakistani Military
Female Cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy stand guard at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation
Female Cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy stand guard at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation
Female Cadets of the Pakistan Military Academy stand guard at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation

Pakistan Air Force Women Pilots
PAF K-8 Fighter Jet pilots at an AirShow
Pakistani Women in the Police
Meanwhile, the champions of their rights remain busy in mere rhetoric....  


Would rhetoric work when even the basic needs remained unmet and the survival was at stake?

And so the disparities continue to flourish....
Members of the National Assembly (2008-13)
President Zardari's new Rs. 5 Billion palace in Lahore, allegedly gifted to by a real estate tycoon
President Zardari's new Rs. 5 Billion palace in Lahore, allegedly gifted to by a real estate tycoon
The Father of the Nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, said: ‘there are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.’

Ain't no country without women!


 

Ain't no revolution without women!
 
 

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