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‘Peace cannot prevail until women are empowered’

* Participants at event call for provision of equal rights for women.

* Say minorities, women in Pakistan treated worse than animals.


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LAHORE: Peace cannot prevail in the country until women are not empowered and given equal rights and respect, participants of an event called “Women Assembly on Peace and People” said on Thursday.

Organised by various rights’ groups, the event was attended by Lahore High Court Bar Association President Justice (r) Nasira Iqbal, South Asian Partnership Executive Director Muhammad Tehseen, Bushra Aitezaz, Prof Afzal Tauseef, Aurat Foundation Resident Director Nasreen Zahra, Programme Coordinator Mumtaz Mughal and Fauzia Behram.

Worse than animals: “Peace does not mean the end of a war... it symbolises the state giving equal rights and opportunities to all citizens without discrimination on the basis of colour, creed and race,” the speakers said, adding that in Pakistan, minorities and women were treated worse than animals.

“I would consider it a peaceful society if my daughter can freely go to school, to work or anywhere outside her house. Only if such a thing happened would I say that the state is fulfilling its obligation,” Tehseen said. The speakers said that women were not given equal status and that they were forced to “live like servants”. They said that in the country’s current judicial system, policing and military dictatorships were the real causes of all evils, adding that Pakistan could not progress until “these institutions are restricted to their limits and made to serve the public”.

The speakers demanded the removal of security agencies’ offices from residential areas “as they are jeopardising the lives and properties of citizens”. They also announced to organise an event at Al-Hamrah on March 22 to pass a resolution for the development of a “dream Pakistan” a day before March 23.


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  • The best way to empower them is to arm them so that they loose their biological roles to be meek and understanding in the face of violent men.

    Right now it seems more female intellectuals would choose to "forgive" their rapists rather than punish them, that is a selfish attitude that ignores the threats to others.

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  • "Peace cannot prevail until women are empowered."

    Aaaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa...


    HAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA...


    We're talking about the kind of people who end friendships over casual comments about hair styles or clothing choices.

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    • as compared to the kind of people who murder without thinking twice over cartoons or an insult or damaged egos or beat someone because dinner isnt made to liking.

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  • Peace cannot prevail until Islam is abolished.

    You have to realize, All of the problems in Islamic countrys stem from the religion itself.

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  • it's better in the kitchen.

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  • The greatest threat to the freedom of us all is the lesbian and gay rise to power. It looks like the feminists and the lesbians have hooked up to try and attack men from all sides.

    There is no doubt that all people should have the basic human right and the basic civil liberty to live their life in a safe and peaceful manner of their own choosing. As long as my neighbor's respect me, I don't care who they are and what they do. The advocates of any particular demographic group advocating More..

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  • Everybody wants to be "empowered". Not one of them seem to realise that empowerment comes from within, it is not something anyone can "give" you.

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  • You have to remove PMS/Mood swings as a legitimate acceptable illness before woman can be in-power. Just think about it...what if a woman was President instead of Truman and it was found out that she was on the rag/period with real bad cramps when the decision to drop the A-bomb on Japan was made...history would freak the f^ck out even more. Maybe she would not have made rash/harsh choices without the cramps?
    You cant put the worlds power and choices into such 100% physical monthly swings that More..

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  • Complain all you want. In India, or the Middle East some goat banger that gets a boner seeing a woman's ankle from under a burka. If the dirt bag guy stands out front of his tent, yells out three times in succession, I divorce you. He can dump the old lady.

    Get your house in order first in the Middle East and India before you sit making demands in the press. Your men folk are assholes, and should be taken to task. There's no need for these guys to be running around with AK47's and RPG's when More..

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  • Now those are brave chicks, its real easy and very safe to say this in the US and the UK, but to do it over their where they can be blown up or shot on sight is truly commendable, now get back in the kitchen and get me something to eat

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  • Bitch! Get your ass in the kitchen and make me a sandwich Right Now and STFU!

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