Less theory, more practice: Why the reemergence of the Taliban should concern Britain

The women of Afghanistan were unconvinced from the start. You can’t claim to want peace for a nation wracked by 40 years of bloodshed, yet continue to exert extreme and daily violence across that very nation. Nor can you claim to respect women’s rights (according to your interpretation) if you openly target, maim and murder …

Vulnerability requires sensitivity & more police women

I was recently asked by the Director of SecurityWomen to write about my experiences with the police. The organisation calls for more women in the security sector in all countries that comprise the UN. Women disproportionately suffer in male-dominated systems, at work, at home and in societies and communities that relegate them. In regard to …

Survivors

Monday 14th September, 2020 Bhaji, I’m still waging against the insanity that your life changed permanently last week. In this culture she can be branded a whore for not bringing his cup of tea on time. Leered at for wanting financial independence - or just independence. Control. Abuse. Dismissed. The Pakistani female experience requires desensitised …

Saima Iqbal

News of Saima Iqbal's forced conversion to Islam via an abduction, severe beatings and coerced Nikah (Islamic marriage contract), first circulated onto the public domain last month. Religious minority cases are deeply frustrating. Many are barely registered at local police stations, much less become international headlines. Information concerning Saima's ordeal is limited. There are reports …