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This second part of “My Body Is Not Your Battleground” is a result of my Kickstarter-funded trip to Pakistan where I focused on what it means to be a young woman growing up in Pakistan. I held open discussions about femininity and existence as a young woman in the Pakistani environment and photographed various young women, in the hopes to shatter the image of the oppressed young Pakistani woman we often see in the West. The key issue I engaged with here was education, as it seemed to be central to all of their lives, as well as my own engagement with women’s issues in a space I have never personally experienced.

My Body is Not Your Battleground by Sanaa Hamid 

Please sign this petition from the Asian Human Rights Commission

I’ve been seeing a little bit here and there on tumblr about the Pakistani-American cardiologist that was murdered earlier this week during a trip to Pakistan to provide free medical services to needy people. I haven’t seen anyone link a petition yet, so I thought I’d help out.

He was killed solely because he was an Ahmadi Muslim, a persecuted religious minority forced to “live under something really resembling an apartheid-like system subject to severe legal restrictions,” according to the chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. If you want to read more about the case, you can do so here: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-079-2014

And please take a moment to sign this petition that will be sent to Pakistani government officials:


Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has invited the heads of the governments of all South Asian states to attend his swearing-in on Monday, in a gesture which diplomats and experts said was without precedent. Though foreign envoys stationed in New Delhi have attended past swearings-in, Ministry of External Affairs sources said, no world leader has been invited to attend what has traditionally been seen as a domestic event.

The move startled regional diplomats-but also caused surprise in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which was not consulted on the decision, Bharatiya Janata Party sources said.

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, the Ministry of External Affairs said, despatched formal invitations on Wednesday afternoon to the Presidents or Prime Ministers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s President, has accepted the invitation but there was no immediate word on which other leaders would attend.

Mr. Modi’s surprise outreach, an advisor present at the meeting said, was intended to allay regional fears that his rise to power would herald a new hawkishness in Indian foreign policy. The Prime Minister-elect had ruffled feathers in Bangladesh by threatening to expel migrants from India’s north-east, while Sri Lanka was concerned over the influence ethnic nationalists in Tamil Nadu might have over his foreign policy.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s reaction, however, will be watched the most closely in New Delhi. Mr. Sharif had congratulated Mr. Modi on his election, invited him to visit Pakistan, and called for a resumption of early bilateral dialogue on all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. There have been doubts in India’s diplomatic establishment, though, of Mr. Sharif’s ability to deliver on his promise of peace in the face of resistance from the country’s military. (x)