Women and Children Stories
Despite the Transgender Persons Act guaranteeing their right to vote, the 2017 census identified only 780 transgenders in Balochistan, highlighting the need for improved data collection efforts for this marginalized community.
Unravelling election manifestos is like decoding a roadmap to a brighter future. It is where promises meet empowerment. But is the same true for the manifestos presented by the PPP, PML-N and PTI for Feb 8 elections? Say, if one of them wins the elections, will women get a fabulous makeover in Pakistan?
It seems that for the first time in Swabi’s history, five women are contesting for general seats in the National and Provincial Assemblies. Sitara Ayaz and Meraj Hamayun Khan feel that the warmth of the people during their campaigns has assured them that they will see positive results on February 8.
The Peshawar High Court has issued orders for separate polling booths for khwaja siras, a step welcomed by the trans community that so far had to bear harassment and intimidation when trying to cast their votes at men’s polling booths.
“The relationship between a transgender and the police is similar to a dog seeing someone with a stone in their hand. Even if a police van passes by, khwaja sirahs tend to hide. Thankfully though we have sensitized our community to a large extent making them understand that the police mean well most of the time."
Scores of Baloch women and children have been braving freezing temperatures, hunger and disease for the past 21 days in a desperate bid to urge the authorities to recover missing persons and protect the Baloch people.
The Human Rights Watch released its world report on Thursday, where it has detailed the situation of human rights violations in countries across the world. In the report Pakistan also makes its way as one of the countries where there have been several rights violations during the year, with worse political and economic issues than the year before.