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UN Member States Promise the World - Again

On 22nd September 2014, at the UN headquarters in New York, along with world leaders, Zoneziwoh Mbondgolo joined colleagues from the community service organisations (CSOs) and public/private sectors, and listened to member states renewing their promises...

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Report Women! Project Commences in Nigeria

The WSCIJ has begun its Report Women! Project.... the investigative reporting of girls and women training is aimed at building the media’s capacity to strategically report girls and women issues as well as mainstream girls and women into media reportage…

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Taliban Targeting women: Malala - Not the First...

Source: The Express Tribune | Asad Zia

PESHAWAR: The attack on a 14-year-old girl shook the nation, but Malala Yousafzai is not the first female to be targeted by the Taliban.

The ruthless militants have previously targeted and killed two women from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Related Article: Pakistan: Confronting Extremism - Farida Afridi & Malala

Female empowerment

Earlier this year, on July 4th, militants killed Khyber Agency-based social worker Farida Afridi. Her crime, purportedly, was to be an agent of change in the conservative tribal agency.

Afridi was among two of the founding members of a local organisation, Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (Sawera).

She was on her way to her office in the Hayatabad locality of Peshawar, from her hometown Ghundi village in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency, when militants opened fire, killing her on the spot.

Related Article: The Loss of Farida Afridi, murdered in Pakistan

Moral policing

The Taliban’s first female victim was Shabnam, from the courtesans’ quarters in Swat’s capital Mingora.

When she refused to bow down to moral policing, some militants dragged her out of home and shot her dead in the Green Chowk of Mingora.

The square later earned notoriety for executions and beheadings during the Taliban reign in Swat.

Related Article: Farida Afridi: Paying the Ultimate Price for the Women of Pakistan