Women’s Action Forum national convention, Lahore 1982

The Friday Times | Nov 17, 2006 Courtesy: Lala Rukh. Women’s Action Forum, taken at WAF’s national convention in Lahore in October, 1982. What began as spontaneous reactions to Gen Zia ul-Haq’s anti-women laws developed into life-long struggles for equality, education and health. Between them, these women have either founded or worrked for Simorgh, Shirkat…

Long day’s journey

Imaduddin Ahmed and Ume-Laila Azhar | The Friday Times The Women’s Action Forum celebrates its silver jubilee; it started in a blaze, but where has it gone? In September 1981, women came together in Karachi in an emergency meeting to oppose the adverse effects on women of martial law and Gen Zia ul-Haq’s Islamisation campaign….

Lending a hand

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times 14 April, 2005 At first glance it could have been mistaken for just another commercial fair; over 30 stalls, four nations and Pakistan’s four provinces and northern areas represented, people coming in and enjoying the atmosphere. The unsuspecting visitor had been lured into the pleasant family-friendly environment of the…

Story time

The Friday Times Imaduddin Ahmed | April 3, 2006 The Alif Laila Book Bus has inculcated the reading habit in thousands of children “The classroom our primary school-goer enters is bereft of colour. Stark walls stare her/him in the face and dilapidated desks and chairs must do. . . In walks the teacher, who must…