Archive for March, 2014

Association for female journalists launchedAt an event where the audience comprised mostly women, an exclusive association for female journalists was launched at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.

The Association for Women Journalists promises its members day care centres and life insurance. Its president, Durdana Shahab, said, “The need for this association was felt because even though women journalists form a large part of the print and electronic media workforce, their representation in journalistic associations is negligible.”

Association for female journalists launched

 

She added that while unemployed men were able to find new jobs through their old boys’ networks, women found it hard to rejoin professional circles after taking a break. “Our association will lend support to all female journalists unemployed for over two months and help them find decent jobs.”

Mehtab Akbar Rashidi, a renowned news anchor famous for her refusal to cover her head during Zia’s dictatorial era, said, “It is a sad fact that, even in this century, we are still discussing whether a woman should step out of her house or not.”

Association for female journalists launchedShe urged all media houses to set up day care centres at their offices as, keeping in view the increasing prevalence of the nuclear family system, it was becoming very difficult for mothers to work.

Rashidi also spoke about the gender bias, stating that when men felt insecure by empowered women, their first instinct was to resort to character assassination. “Do not be disheartened. Hazrat Ayesha (RA) had to face the same troubles. We, after all, are nowhere near her status.”

MPA Erum Farooqi of the MQM said, “Women parliamentarians stand with the female journalists. We always have and will support legislation for women empowerment.”

PTI’s Seema Zia lauded their bravery, stating, “Women journalists are very courageous. They go to places where even we are scared to enter.”

Surat Thebo, an MPA of the PML-N, said, “Whenever women get together, they scare men off. Men feel that women will now rule the workforce and they will have to wash dishes and sweep the floor. My only request to them is that they should help women with the domestic chores.”

Other parliamentarians, including Sharmila Farooqi, Nusrat Sehar Abbasi and Saman Jaffri, and Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui also attended the launch ceremony. The News

Rangers kill man fighting with wife at Nagan ChowrangiA domestic dispute between husband and wife turned into a sorrowful incident when a Rangers official fired on the couple, killing the man and injuring the wife.
The incident occurred at Nagan Chawrangi. The couple was fighting on the road over a domestic dispute when suddenly a Rangers’ official present there opened fire on the man. According to reports the man was seriously injured and died while being shifted to hospital. The couple had married just four months ago, but their relationship had deteriorated.
The wife also received injuries; however, she is under treatment. The incident sparked severe protests in the area, with protesters pelting Rangers and police vehicles with stones.
They destroyed two motorbikes of a law enforcement agency. The protesters expressed severe anger over the killing of the man by Rangers official. A rescue team shifted the dead body and the injured woman to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. According to DIG East initial investigations indicate that the Rangers’ official fired at the couple accidentally. “We have opened investigations into the incident… It is yet premature to reach a conclusion,” he said. Daily Times