Author Archives: Irfan Sheikh

Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Schools Face Closure Tens of Thousands of Students Will Lose Access to Education

Rohingya refugee students demonstrate against being expelled from Bangladeshi secondary schools in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, February 6, 2019. © 2019 Private (Bangkok) – The Bangladesh government should urgently reverse a decision to close thousands of home-based and community-led schools for Rohingya refugee students, Human Rights Watch said today. Unless the foreign minister or the disaster management minister overturns the action, approximately 30,000 children ...

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Thailand: Transgender People Denied Equal Rights

(Bangkok) – Transgender people in Thailand have no route to legal recognition of their gender identity, making them vulnerable to various forms of discrimination, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today with the Thai Transgender Alliance. The 60-page report, “‘People Can’t Be Fit Into Boxes’: Thailand’s Need for Legal Gender Recognition,” found that the absence of legal gender recognition, coupled with insufficient ...

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Cameroon: Armed Separatists’ Attack on Education

Attacks by armed separatist groups on students, teachers, and schools in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have had a devastating impact on children’s right to education. These criminal attacks don’t just cause immediate physical and psychological harm, but they jeopardize the future of tens of thousands of students. Regional and international partners should urge Cameroonian authorities to investigate and prosecute attacks on education ...

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Challenges Faced By Education System Of Pakistan

The education system of a country is most important as the operators of the political, economic, administrative and religious system work them according to the quality and completeness of their education. Yet the education system of Pakistan is facing a lot of challenges through different means. Education is a process of gaining knowledge and building up skills. It is considered ...

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Gasping for air: Punjab’s perennial air pollution woes

Persistently hazardous air quality suggests that Pakistan lacks a framework to mitigate pollution. However, Pakistan has a rich history of environmental legislation — successive governments have instituted departments, laws, and mandates over time to manage air quality. For example, national and provincial legislative acts establish environmental protection agencies, delineate the agencies’ governance structures and responsibilities, and mandate air quality and ...

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Technology: Facebook’s Peer Pressure

In her written testimony to the US Senate on October 4, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen states, “Right now, Facebook chooses what information billions of people see, shaping their perception of reality.” A data scientist and former Facebook employee, Haugen leaked a trove of internal documents to The Wall Street Journal and the US law enforcement, alleging that the tech giant ...

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How the jirga system leads to child abuse in Sindh

It is a sad reality that the fate of women and children has long been dependent on the jirgas in rural Sindh. Matters as trivial as a goat being stolen or as serious as a land dispute are settled by punishing the daughter of the erring family. The punishment in many cases being the organised rape of the girl, or ...

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How to tackle gender-based Violence in Pakistan

Can you relate these statements with the state of affairs in Pakistani society currently? Women are the property of their male guardians. The male members of society can impose punishments through shouting, beating, abusing, or killing when women do not abide by their rules, commit adultery, or even walk outside of the home wearing ‘inappropriate’ clothing. Historically, these norms were ...

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Will India host US bases for attacking Afghanistan?

According to him, “Well aware of the Americans’ intrusiveness, I do not rule out that they will be pressing for the same aim from different sides. I’ve heard that they have been trying to persuade India to grant the Pentagon some opportunities on the Indian territory.” To be clear, Lavrov wasn’t saying that India will indeed end up doing this, ...

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Please Don’t Marry Your Children In Teenage

As a society we do not talk about such topics, nor is it allowed to be discussed in backward societies. It is important to put an end to such an outdated ritual that is still alive today and this ritual is generally considered common in the villages. I approached a lot of women who were victimized by this ritual (child ...

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Essential Social Media Tips For Business

Living in 21st Century, It is very prudent to say Social Media has revolutionized our way of living. From interaction to information, from research to news, from investment to establishing an empire, undoubtedly social media is everywhere. It’s inevitable, imminent, and influential, and it’s here to stay in our lives. Social media has restructured everyone’s lifestyle with a shift of ...

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Women Contribution For Agricultural Economic Development In Sindh

The most ignored poor women working in the agricultural field in the rural and remote areas of province are the main backbone of the economy of the country. Sindh’s contribution to the country’s agricultural GDP is about 24 per cent along with providing food security and supply of basic kitchen items to the poor people of this vicinity. Hundreds of ...

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Mainstreaming The Transgender Community

Pakistan is considered to be unsafe for marginalized groups because of the aggravating discriminatory behavior towards the vulnerable segments of society, and especially towards the transgender community. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018 was enacted to ensure the provision of fundamental rights to the transgender community. One of the main pitfalls of this Act is that it does ...

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No, PM Imran Khan Is Not Crushing The Poor

Furthermore the article carried references of various individuals including a man named Asadullah who committed suicide allegedly because of the pressures of poverty. And it quoted Khurram Hussain an economic analyst who said, “The package is a drop in the ocean and will do little to help the mass of ordinary people. The pressure on Imran Khan will continue to ...

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What is COP26 and what was agreed at Glasgow climate conference?

The UK is hosting the COP26 summit in Glasgow – aimed at bringing climate change under control. A number of pledges have already been made, which could change our everyday lives. What is COP26 and why is it happening? The world is warming because of emissions from fossil fuels used by humans, like coal, oil and gas. Extreme weather events ...

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