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R Umaima Ahmed

A journalist by profession. Also the regional gate keeper of Punjab in Network of Women for Journalists and a member of Bargaad’s steering committee on education for minorities. Activist for Digital, Minorities and Transgender Rights. I write on issues related to these matters. Ive traveled and spent time abroad and now residing in Lahore trying to make a difference in the life of marginalised communities.

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Latest posts by R Umaima Ahmed

18 March 2020

Pakistan claims COVID-19 under control amidst rising figures

People on social media are wondering if measures taken by the government are adequate and whether there is a proper infrastructure to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan.

12 March 2020

Women successfully stage ‘Aurat March’ in Pakistan despite threats

On International Women's Day, thousands of women, transgender people, children and men participated in the annual Aurat March in different Pakistani cities to highlight the plight of women.

10 March 2020

Sexism and misogyny in Pakistan TV talk shows

A recent ugly spat on a NEO TV Channel talk show exposes the prevailing misbehaviour, sexism, misogyny and abusive language targeting women panellists and anchors in Pakistan media.

2 March 2020

In Pakistan, petition to ban prominent women's march stifles feminist voices

Aurat March has encouraged women to rally across Pakistan to raise awareness of women's issues. This year, the initiative faces a petition to ban the march for being "anti-Islamic."

17 February 2020

Pakistan's draconian rules on social media take activists by surprise

Advox

The new rules require social media companies to hand over user information and remove content deemed unlawful when requested by the authorities.

1 February 2020

Pakistani students under lockdown in Wuhan are appealing for assistance

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, nearly 500 Pakistani students studying in China's Hubei province are under lockdown; their government has not yet decided to bring them back home.

10 January 2020

Interfaith harmony disturbed after Sikh holy site attacked in Pakistan

Sikh holy sIte Gurdwara Janam Ashtam at Nankana Sahib city near Lahore Pakistan was attacked by violent mobs and communal and hateful slogans against the Sikh minority community were raised.

12 December 2019

Protests against a media house in Pakistan mount

Pakistan's leading English-language daily Dawn Newspaper has increasingly been under threat with politically motivated attacks.

8 December 2019

A march to revive student unions in Pakistan

Socio-political and economic conditions of Pakistan are not stable which was the driving force for students to organize this march to demand the revival of Student Unions.

8 November 2019

In Pakistan, the Azadi March demands an end to Prime Minister Khan's administration

Large crowds, internet shutdowns, support from opposition parties, hatred against Qadianis, waving of Taliban flags, women discouraged to take part are some hallmarks of the ongoing Azadi march/dharna in Islamabad.

20 October 2019

Tweeting South Asian art

“Positive representation of Desi artists is incredibly necessary to create a progressive, culturally evolving society.”

9 October 2019

A burqa controversy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

The government needs to come out of the thinking covering women in an abaya or chadar will protect them from harassers.

29 September 2019

Censorship and online threats against the press spell trouble for the future of Pakistani journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists says as many as 61 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992; in most cases, the perpetrators could not be identified.

19 September 2019

In a Pakistani town, Hindu-Muslim relations are tested after a Hindu temple is vandalised

"[The] government ought to arrest those ruined the Temple and school, no one has the right to harm other religious places."

17 August 2019

In Pakistan, it's an uphill battle for women who report sexual harassment

In the past few years, Pakistan saw an increasing number of harassing women on the street by means of indecent exposure or exhibition. Police already arrested three men.

4 August 2019

Hashtag campaign against Pakistani religious minority group during PM Khan's US visit

An online hate campaign targeting the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan started after an 82-year-old Ahmadiyya Abdul Shakoor shared his community's ordeal in a meeting with US President Trump.

25 July 2019

Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

Advox

According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.

29 June 2019

Detergent ad causes uproar among conservative audiences in Pakistan

The advert ends with Pakistan's women's cricket team captain Bisma Maroof saying “these are not statements but stains."

19 March 2019

Aurat March breaking barriers against patriarchy in Pakistan

Aurat March was a display of power and unity by women who are not seen in public spaces freely and their opinions and demands are almost never heard.

9 March 2019

How social media recounted the story of the latest India-Pakistan conflict

Social media plays a prominent role this time around as both government actors and ordinary citizens on both sides of the border report events online minute by minute.