Second-Class Citizen Day: Religious Minorities in Pakistan

Earlier this month, Pakistan celebrated its eighth National Minorities Day. The day’s significance originates from a speech in which Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jimnah, envisioned a Pakistan that would be respectful of all religious backgrounds. “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of […]

No Honor in Murder: Calling It What It Is

The recent strangling of Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani social media star, by her brother has revealed the widespread issue of honor killings throughout Pakistan. Despite Baloch’s controversial publicity, her fame helped to illuminate the growing problem of abuse against women, particularly honor killings, in a deeply divided Pakistan. Pakistan’s independent Human Rights Commission last reported […]

Lack of Healthcare for Pakistani Minorities

The news agency Dawn recently published an article drawing attention to Pakistan’s meager healthcare system. Aptly titled “My 10 Days of Hell at a Lahore Hospital,” the middle-class author describes the miserable treatment, or rather lack thereof, given to her epileptic sister. She had been admitted to a Lahore Hospital while experiencing seizures in two-minute […]

Help Us to Complete Our Vision

The CosmoVision Center is the most important project that RAM Foundation has ever undertaken. It is an ongoing project that combines all of our efforts to make a difference in the local Pakistani community. We already raised $120,000 but we need $30,000 to finish the first building of our Center and significantly impact the lives of people we seek to […]

“They started beating Aapi. Then they burnt her, right in front my eyes”

A few days ago, I overheard my cousin talking to someone and saying, “Have you seen the news? Even CNN and BBC reported on the instances of violence that our women endure. Clearly it’s more serious than I thought.” I felt disgusted, not just at her remark, but at our mentality and reflection. It’s not news for us unless it reaches […]

Silence on Sexual Abuse of Women in Pakistan

You are willing to ban Udaari [a Pakistani TV drama show], but are you willing to jail the man who molested me? To the blissfully unaware, conveniently ignorant and pathetically indifferent people out there: stop silencing. It was a paralysing scene; a moment where lust, hunger and greed, all were entwined. It was when Imtiaz held […]

The Curse of Sexual Abuse in Pakistan

At the age of five, I experienced sexual abuse  I was afraid that if I told my parents and they didn’t believe me, there would be a fuss and my molester would find out. It all started when I was about four or five years old. I used to live in a small rural area […]

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Pakistani women stayed in abusive marriages because Pakistan failed

When domestic abuse is discussed on TV and in drawing rooms, people often ask: why didn’t she leave her violent husband? [Ram Foundation (www.rampakistan.com) is rescuing and empowering women in Pakistan.] In her article,”These women stayed in abusive marriages because Pakistan failed them” LUAVUT ZAHID states, when domestic abuse is discussed on TV and in […]