Women in Srinagar Explore New Career Domains

Baseera Rafiqi,  Freelance correspondent, Kashmir, India – WNN features Editor’s note: India has some of the most robust government statistical machinery among developing countries. Yet its periphery suffers from a data deficit — data is unavailable or the available data is of poor quality. In preparation of this article, little to no reliable data exists reporting […]

Navigating the journalistic siege as a woman in Kashmir

Aliya Bashir, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists grantee – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – I often wonder when people outside the Kashmir ask me strange questions such as: “Are there really journalists – women who are allowed to work?”; “Don’t you get married at quite […]

De-Addiction Center Kashmir works to bring new life to women addicts

De-Addiction Center Kashmir works to bring new life to women addicts

Sana Altaf – WNN Improve It (WNN/IPS) Srinagar, INDIAN ADMINISTERED KASHMIR: Drug abuse, known to be widespread among youth in India’s northern Kashmir state, is now showing a new trend whereby teenage girls and women are increasingly turning into substance abusers and addicts. That young women and college-going girls are abusing substances, especially toluene, a […]

KASHMIR: Sex-workers. Victims or victimless members of India’s society?

KASHMIR: Sex-workers. Victims or victimless members of India’s society?

Aliya Bashir – WNN Features (WNN) SRINAGAR, Indian administered Kashmir: “Is human trafficking an issue of crime or development?” asked an April 2011 in-depth report on sex-trafficking and global girls by Sanjog India, an advocacy organization based in Kolkata that helps rescue and rehabilitate girls trapped in the cycle of sex-work. “Most would argue – […]

Kashmir women face hardship fetching water under unpredictable climate change

Kashmir women face hardship fetching water under unpredictable climate change

Faisal Raza Khan – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/PL) Srinagar, KASHMIR: The ceasefire line which divides Pakistan-administered Azad Jammu & Kashmir from Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir lies 23 kilometres away. Life is peaceful today in this part of the disputed region. The sweet fragrance of saffron fills the air. Nearby are snow-capped mountains, fruit orchards and […]

World Press Freedom Day 2012 shows need for women journalists

World Press Freedom Day 2012 shows need for women journalists

Aliya Bashir – WNN Breaking To honour World Press Freedom Day, WNN field journalist Ms. Aliya, Bashir brings us this report on the need for women journalists in the conflict ridden region of Srinagar, Kashmir (WNN/DCMF) Srinagar, Indian Administered KASHMIR: In a place like conservative Kashmir, many are reluctant to speak to male journalists, which […]

Male child preference in Kashmir India marks continuing grave impacts for girls

Male child preference in Kashmir India marks continuing grave impacts for girls

Nusrat Ara – WNN Features (WNN) SRINAGAR, Indian-Administered Kashmir: Preference for a male child is a known fact in Kashmir. Like most South Asian societies this preference in gender can often turn into prejudice, discrimination and worse. Many modern cases of discrimination against girls are now resulting in death. Indian history and culture has brought […]

Woman in Quake-hit Pakistan

Woman in Quake-hit Pakistan

WNN Photos Earthquake victim is cared for in mobile maternity unit. One of the victims of the 8 October earthquake in Pakistan able to use the maternity facilities provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), through the agency’s use of its Mobile Units, pictured today in Garhi Habibullah, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. UNFPA is […]

KASHMIR: Obstacles continue for women reporting rape

KASHMIR: Obstacles continue for women reporting rape

Aliya Bashir –  WNN Features   (WNN) SRINAGAR – Indian Administered Kashmir: In conflict zones worldwide sexual violence has become a tactic of choice in – it’s cheaper, more destructive and easier to get away with than other methods of warfare. Indian Administered Kashmir has some of the lowest official numbers of reported sexual assault […]