Κυριακή, 11 Αυγούστου 2013

Farida's avenger

Fareeda "Kokikhel" Afridi was a Pashtun feminist, a women's rights activist in Pakistan. In July 2012, at the age of 25, she was shot dead on her way to work.

Afridi was born and raised in the Khyber tribal area, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), an impoverished semi-autonomous region in Pakistan's northwest, bordering Afghanistan. She graduated from university with a master's degree in gender studies. While still in school, with her sister Noor Zia Afridi, she founded the Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA), a women-run NGO promoting women's empowerment in FATA.

Afridi was critical of the Pakistani government, the Taliban, and the patriarchal nature of Pakistani society. In June 2012, she told journalists she was being threatened. Her friends and colleagues suspected the threats originated with FATA Taliban militants. On 5 July 2012, as Afridi left her home in the Khyber tribal area to go to work in Hayatabad a suburb of Peshawar, she was shot once in the head and twice in the neck by two motorcyclists, who afterwards escaped. She died in hospital. (wiki)

το πρώτο επεισόδιο ανεβασμένο και στη σελίδα τους

by Haroon, a British-Pakistan pop singer 

(...δουλειά των γυναικών να φτιάχνουν roti
ινδικό ψωμί, και όχι να πηγαίνουν στο σχολείο
...για να μάθουν να μας χτυπούν
με μολύβι και βιβλίο...)

In hysterics, these clerics had envisioned a demon 
A spirit so quick to deliver a beating
To the enemies of peace, love, logic and reason
Yeah - hit 'em with a logical reason
Kill extremism, corruption and just stop it from breathing
The way it was, she'll be taking it back
So tune in for the story of the lady in black

Don't mess with the lady in black
When she's on the attack

The original idea behind the series came from the pop star Haroon for an Iphone game called “Burka Revenge”, and later a decision was taken to make it into an animated series.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Laaltain, he said: “There seems to be this presumption in the public eye that we have taken inspiration from the Malala incident, whereas truth is that we had this idea back in April of 2012, long before Malala was shot by Taliban. Our script was ready in May 2012 and animation had started back then, an episode normally takes between 4 and 6 weeks to complete, so to say this has been inspired by Malala is wildly inaccurate.

The policy of dissociation from Malala is ironic and could have been adopted to avoid any controversy because Malala has been a subject of criticism from right wing sections of the society.

Although the attack was roundly condemned in Pakistan, some political parties, right-wing groups and other individuals have aired conspiracy theories, such as the shooting being staged by CIA in order to provide an excuse for continuing drone attacks. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and some other pro-Taliban elements branded Yousafzai as an "American spy" wiki/Malala_Yousafzai#Reaction

Malala and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, by Adam B. Ellick/ NY Times, 2009

Report from Pakistan, after the 2012 October assassination attempt,
by Nelufar Hedayat, a British-Afghan TV presenter, 2013

12 July UN speech (text)

The wise saying, “The pen is mightier than sword” was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them. And that is why they killed 14 innocent medical students in the recent attack in Quetta. And that is why they killed many female teachers and polio workers in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA. That is why they are blasting schools every day.  Because they were and they are afraid of change, afraid of the equality that we will bring into our society.

You have said in your speech yesterday that pen is mightier than sword, so they attacked you for your sword not for your books or school. There were thousands of girls who were going to school and college before and after the Taliban insurgency in swat, would you explain why were only you on their hit list???

....another target, Hina Khan, a 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl from the Swat District. She has been campaigning for women's right to education since she was 13, and has been threatened by Islamist extremists because of her activism.

(Peace Unveiled, English summary/ ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι)
Afghan female PM Shinkai Karokhail  - (Jirga tribal assembly of elders)

σύμβουλος του προέδρου του Αφγανιστάν Χαμίντ Καρζάι για θρησκευτικά θέματα δήλωσε ότι δεν πρόκειται να ανατρέψει το διάταγμα που εξέδωσαν ιμάμηδες στο βορρά της χώρας, με το οποίο επιβάλλονται και πάλι αυστηροί περιορισμοί στις γυναίκες, που θυμίζουν την εποχή των Ταλιμπάν.
...κλείσιμο καταστημάτων καλλυντικών υπό το πρόσχημα ότι προωθούν την πορνεία...
Πολλοί στο Αφγανιστάν φοβούνται ότι με την αποχώρηση των ΝΑΤΟϊκών δυνάμεων από τη χώρα και τη συνεχιζόμενη προσπάθεια για την επίτευξη πολιτικής συμφωνίας με τους Ταλιμπάν θα υπονομευτούν τα δικαιώματα που απέκτησαν οι γυναίκες της χώρας μετά από σκληρό αγώνα.

...δεν επιτρέπεται να ταξιδεύουν δίχως τη συνοδεία κάποιου άνδρα, απαγορεύεται να συνομιλούν με αγνώστους σε δημόσιους χώρους, όπως σχολεία, αγορές και γραφεία. Ταυτόχρονα, επιτρέπεται σε κάποιον να δέρνει τη γυναίκα του - αν κάτι τέτοιο του δίνεται ως δικαίωμα από τη Σαρία.

Afghan presidential election, 2009
In Kandahar province, the mayor of Kandahar city, Ghulam Haider Hamidi, said that he would not go vote. "For the last three years the security is getting worse, day by day," Hamidi stated. "Even a child understands that the election day is not safe." His daughter, Rangina Hamidi, a prominent women's advocate, said that it was not worth the risk and that she would not vote either:
"My message to the women of Kandahar is this: don't go vote and put yourselves at risk for nothing."
Afghan parliamentary election, 2010

wiki/Taliban treatment of women
1.Women should not appear in the streets without a blood relative and without wearing a burqa.
2. Women should not wear high-heeled shoes as no man should hear a woman’s footsteps lest it excite him.
3. Women must not speak loudly in public as no stranger should hear a woman's voice.
4. All ground and first floor residential windows should be painted over or screened to prevent women being visible from the street.
5. The photographing or filming of women was banned as was displaying pictures of females in newspapers, books, shops or the home.
6. The modification of any place names that included the word "women". For example, "women's garden" was renamed "spring garden".
7. Women were forbidden to appear on the balconies of their apartments or houses.
8. Ban on women's presence on radio, television or at public gatherings of any kind
"The Taliban’s act of giving monthly salaries to 30,000 job-free women, now sitting comfortably at home, is a whiplash in the face of those who defame Taliban with reference to the rights of women."
Women's rights in Afghanistan

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