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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

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

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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.

1 March 2019

‘Not Allowed To Touch’ campaign is raising awareness about child abuse in Pakistan

Pakistan needs a lot more campaigns like #ChoonaManaHay to raise awareness and create an impact to prevent child abuse.

10 January 2019

First transgender pride march hopes to shatter stereotypes in Pakistan

The first transgender pride march seeks to change stereotypes and demand rights.

24 November 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan sets the ‘war on terror’ record straight on Twitter

The "record needs to be put straight on Mr. Trump's tirade against Pakistan," said Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in a Twitter spat with the U.S. president.

12 September 2018

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

29 August 2018

The ‘Khan Meter’ will assess the new Pakistani prime minister's performance

"It’s time to start monitoring our government, discuss where they went wrong as well as appreciate what they did right. It helps us think logically about the new government’s performance..."

13 August 2018

In Pakistan's elections, animals were tortured for the sake of political stunts

"A donkey beaten to pulp, punched in the face and abdomen several times, nose broken, kicked all over his body until he collapsed."

25 July 2018

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

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Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

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