End to Child Labour – still a dream

On World Day against Child Labour, few chotus (child labours) in Pakistan are aware of the importance of this day as they strive to earn their own and family’s bread. It is a fact that several million Pakistani children work for extremely long hours in exchange for little pay at the risk of maltreatment. Instead…

Young Film-makers earn recognition

Published in Pakistan Observer (27 May 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD – The three-day short film festival concluded here in Islamabad with a vibrant ceremony in the presence of seasoned silver screen personalities and young brilliant film-makers. ‘Overcoat’, a 10-minute film, directed by Afzaal Yousaf Baig was declared the ‘Best film’ of the film fair. The film was…

Child speakers’ visions – an eye opener for elders

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – Visionary speeches and suggestions laid down by child speakers of Children Association on Tuesday reaffirmed that future of Pakistan is as bright as their thoughts. The young leaders delivered speeches on child rights at a public awareness seminar on ‘Children’s Right to Participation: Building a Children’s…

“No discrimination, No harassment”: Minister assures women journalists

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Speaking at the second day of the conference on ‘Gender Discrimination in Media and Capacity Building for Female Journalists’, Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik stated that “let there be no discrimination” on basis of gender as “women render great contributions in every walk of life”…

Women without Voices

National Convention of Female Journalists Published in Pakistan Observer (17 Apr. 2011) By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD –  The first day of the national convention of female journalists gave an impression that women in Pakistani media are committed, professional and determined to change the societal barriers. Around 100 women journalists from Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan…