A Programme of Defiance & Resistance
by the Womens Action Forum
Karachi Press Club
8th May, 2009, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Womens Action Forums invites you to a programme highlighting the implications of Talibanisation for women, artists, and minorities in particular, and to our country in general. The Talibans have created terror through slaughtering of people, bomb blasts, kidnappings, and destruction of properties which has led to severe restrictions on women, and displacements of thousands of people from their homes. It seems their militancy has encouraged some men and women in some urban centers of Pakistan to admonish and threaten women on their mode of dress and their presence in public places. This is a deliberate strategy to purge public spaces of women’s presence.
WAF believe Talibinsation is a mindset which cuts across all ethnic lines and must be resisted by all, and in no uncertain terms. This mind-set abuses Islam by using it to control others. We believe religion is a private matter and all citizens of Pakistan are equal citizens We believe peace and justice must be the guiding light for Pakistan to become peaceful and just society. To achieve our goal we must discuss matters together and resolve to act collectively for greater public good, for this is what democracy is about.
Following are the key positions and we invite you to endorse them
- One constitution and one set of laws for all of Pakistan
- The writ of the government must prevail on the basis of moral authority premised on protection, health, education, livelihood and security of all persons equally
- Urgent de-weaponisation of society
- No special accords that compromise the rights of any group of citizens of Pakistan.
Please do attend and bring all your friends – women and men – to show solidarity with our cause which is also your cause.
Women’s Action Forum,