Nine Things To Know About Your (Menstrual) Cycle

Nine Things To Know About Your (Menstrual) Cycle

The Menstrual Cycle has been the topic of debate for years, whether in the East or the West. Considered in some parts of the world as a taboo while others rejoice in the ultimate beauty of womankind, there are different perceptions with regards to a woman’s monthly flux. Even though a girl’s / woman’s menstrual cycle is the sign of health – and is, in fact, an integral part of her Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights – as a society, we have yet to accept it as ‘normal’. Regardless of the the education level of an individual, or their high status in society, menstruation is still talked about in hushed tones in all-female circles inside most homes. And absolutely never before a member of the opposite gender. This creates an imbalance in the general community at large, with half of the population shamed into hiding an integral part of their being, considered “dirty”; while the other half is split into two groups – one group of men completely baffled by the “intrigue” surrounding their female counterparts while in truth are blithely unaware of the goings on inside a the (female) human body (a part of basic general knowledge); while the other group considers it the butt of numerous hilarious jokes laced with sexual innuendo. Given the amount of pressure society puts on women and girls to hide that part of their lives, and the lengths both men and women go to to ensure it remains that way, it is no wonder that so few facts are actually known. So here are nine factors that you should know about your menstrual cycle: Your Period Is Not A Contraceptive Contrary to common belief,...
Celebs React to M.A.H Domestic Violence Allegations

Celebs React to M.A.H Domestic Violence Allegations

On Saturday night, Fatima Sohail accused husband Mohsin Abbas Haider of domestic violence. Sharing a post on her Facebook page, she alleged that the incident(s) of violence had started last November, after she caught the NMA actor cheating with another woman. Sohail had been pregnant at the time of the first incident, and claimed that she had had to visit a doctor after the violent episode to ensure that her baby’s health.   The couple was blessed with a beautiful baby boy in May 2019, but according to Sohail, Haider only showed up two days later as a publicity stunt. He never took responsibility for the child. Sohail further claimed that Haider’s social media posts where the latter publicly talked about his struggle with depression, after the death of their first child in  , were fake. When she went to his house a last Wednesday (17-July-2019), Haider physically attacked her. She also shared a picture of the FIR she registered against her husband, ending her social media post with the words, “See you in court.” Haider said in a statement to a celebrity website, “I’ll definitely come out with my truth. I’m happy she did this. I was waiting for this for so long. I’ll open up now with the truth in front of the public, along with proofs. I will tell the world what happened in our relationship for three years. But I’m happy this toxic relationship will leave her and me soon,” adding that he will be addressing an official press conference on the matter soon. The news shook the glamour industry of Pakistan, and many celebrities took to social media to voice their support for Sohail.   Sick to my stomach....
The Legal Status of Transgenders in Pakistan

The Legal Status of Transgenders in Pakistan

As per the 6th Population and Housing Consensus released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) in August 2017, the country’s transgender population stands at 10,418 people – 0.005% of the total population of Pakistan. While this statistic was vehemently denied by activists, who claimed that according to an estimate there are more than one million transgender people in Pakistan, with 5,000 to 10,000 living in just the twin cities alone. Known more commonly as “Khusras”, “Khwaja Sira”, or “Hijra”; transgenders are either revered or feared in Pakistan. Suspicion reigns within Pakistani society and Transgenders are equally feared or revered, depending on which side of the Suspicion-Spectrum the person lies. They are feared because no one wants to be at the receiving end of their curse, should they be involuntarily offended. Due to the social ostracization, the Transgenders in Pakistan have formed their own community. They face various issues such as abandonment by close friends and family, lack of proper work, lack of medical and health facilities and lack of education, among other things. As a result of which they either beg for food, or work as sex workers to make ends meet. Transgenders are subject to violence and in most cases, they go unreported. Harassment (be it sexual or otherwise) is a large part of their daily lives, be it at the hands on common people, medico-legal officers or even security personnel. According to a 2017 report published by Aawaz, Trans-Action Alliance/Blue Veins 46 killings of transgenders and 300 violent attacks on transgenders have taken place across the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the space of one year, from January 2015 to...
READING LIST FOR FEMINISTS: MARCH 2018

READING LIST FOR FEMINISTS: MARCH 2018

In today’s world, where the fight for gender equality and equal opportunity has crossed borders and overflowed the barriers of culture and tradition, it is important to highlight the literary works of our feminist heroes. It is important for gender-based literature to make a foray into the mainstream and be recognized for the ground breaking pathways it has created for women and girls everywhere. Here are fifteen books by feminist authors that are a must read this International Women’s Day!   We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half A Billion Rising by Anirudha Dutta Letters to My Daughter by Maya Angelou The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg Bad Feminist by Roxane Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee BossyPants by Tina Fey Fear of Flying by Erica Jong Predicaments of Empowerment by Rabia Ali Reform or Revolution by Roxa Luxemberg Reasons for Hope by Jane Goodall Unbowed: A Memoir, by Wanagari Maathai How To Be A Boss by Lilly Singh Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance Sexual Politics by Kate...
#metoo The Social Media Hashtag Providing A Platform For Victims

#metoo The Social Media Hashtag Providing A Platform For Victims

Actress Alyssa Milano sparked a huge debate and outpouring of on social media when she tweeted on Monday requested girls and women who have been victims of sexual harassment or assault to speak up with the hashtag #MeToo. These two simply words became a rallying cry on twitter to showcase support to the many victims of sexual assault and harassment around the world. Social media was flooded with victims of all ages speaking up about the various different instances of sexual harassment or assault each have faced over the years, sometimes multiple times. If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017 The intensity of the problem was underscored by the avalanche of painful stories that came to the fore, with victims from all backgrounds channeling long-suppressed rage, pain and hurt, and sharing it with the world. In a short amount of time, women from all across the globe had joined hands, shared their painful experiences and provided strength and support to one another through the strong support circle that is continuously evolving and growing into a strong support movement to encompass more and more people from all genders and backgrounds. Even celebrities joined in on the cataclysmic social media campaign in response to Milano’s prompt, speaking up about their own personal experiences to raise awareness about how common sexual harassment and assault really is. Here are just some of the millions of tweets that surfaced in response to Milano’s prompting: when i was a little girl i was told “you’re lucky you’re so unattractive,...
SOC’s “A GIRL IN THE RIVER” WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AT EMMY’S

SOC’s “A GIRL IN THE RIVER” WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AT EMMY’S

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s “A Girl In The River” won best documentary award at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York City on Thursday. The story of a young girl who survives an attempt at honor killing beat out four other PBS documentaries, including Children of Syria, Welcome to Leith, Thank You for Playing, and The Look of Silence.  The two-time Oscar Winner tweeted the good news to her fans and the international community.     In her acceptance speech, Sharmeen talked about the exceptional courage of the young girl who was the subject of her award winning documentary, A Girl In The River. “A seventeen-year-old girl had the bravery to stand up and the commitment to fight a system. A law was passed in Pakistan (because of it) and you had newspapers and television channels reporting on honor killings in a different way. So it only the commitment of one single person to do that.” The documentary was previously also nominated in two other categories in this year’s Emmy Awards: Outstanding Short Documentary, and Outstanding Music and Sound. In 2016, it earned Sharmeen her Second Best Documentary Short Oscar, soon after she won Pakistan’s First Academy Award for Saving Face in 2012....