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Combating Talibanization in Pakistan

Combating Talibanization in Pakistan

Efforts being made to raise awareness and combat the rise of Talibanization within Pakistan. If you guys know of any more initiatives or have any ideas as to what we should do as a nation, please pitch in and discuss it with others. This is not the time to sit back and watch things unravel.

- A new face of Swat - http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/media...

- Buner falls into the hands of Swat Taliban - http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakis...

- Where were you dear sisters? -
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakis...

Its devastating implications for women have already started manifesting themselves, as demonstrated by reports from Karachi of men walking up to women demanding that they cover themselves ‘properly’. A woman even complained of having been threatened with a gun. These incidents vindicate the fears that have been expressed in women’s circles about the tidal wave of Talibanisation sweeping the country

- TTP says Osama welcome in Swat: Taliban reject peace accord
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\04\22\story_22-4-2009_pg1_1

Muslim Khan counted the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban of Afghanistan among his allies. “If we need, we can call them and if they need, they can call us,” he said. He said his forces would go to help the Taliban in Afghanistan if the United States and NATO continue to fight there.

- Muttahida criticises 'criminal silence' of parties - http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakis...
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* Saving the education of girl's in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Help me run a one month retreat for girls from Swat in Islamabad this July, to work towards reclaiming the rights of Girls in Swat Valley.

Over 200 girls schools have been detroyed in Swat Valley. Public flogging and executions are now common in Swat. Girls in Swat have been terrorised, repressed, humilitated, and terrified. The girls in Swat valley need us to help them help themselves.

You can help, and here's your chance.

In July 2009, 20 young educated girls from Swat Valley, including the heroic young writer of BBC's "Diary of a Pakistani School Girl", and the brave young Malala from NY Time's "Class Dismissed in Swat Valley" will attend a one-month long retreat in Islamabad.

The purpose of the retreat is:

1. To help these girls rejuvenate from the violence and horror they have been subjected to

2. To show these girls what is possible for them to achieve, and what they have rights to as citizens of Pakistan, and as human beings.

3. To empower these girls, physically, emotionally, and educationally

4. To allow these girls to present their stories to the world.

5. To teach these girls to use internet blogs, cameras, and other technology to document the horrors in Swat

6. To prepare these girls as ambassadors for larger outreach programs in the future

But to achieve any of these goals, I NEED YOU TO HELP.

Here's how you can help:

- Meet these girls and hearing their stories. Schedule an ice-cream trip for them, take them out, show they Islamabad, and find out FOR YOURSELF, what is really going on in Swat. You can finally hear the real stories..

- Offer to teach a skill to these girls in the form of a workshop. I need people to teach a) writing work-shops b) blogging and internet technology c) health d) sport e) dance f) music g) camera and film-making among others. Msg me what you think you can teach, and we can carve out a syllabus.

- Donate and urge others to donate. Please, anything from the equivalent to what you put in a gumball machine, to what you feel you can afford to contribute. I need donations for food, transportation, entertainment, and for purchasing cameras to give to these girls so that they can document the situation around them in Swat. I will personally email you with updates of what your money was used to do, even if you donate a few coins.

I need all of you to do this together. Please, HELP RECLAIM THE RIGHTS OF GIRLS IN SWAT.

Website: www.swatvalleygirls.com
Email: shiza89@stanford.edu
Facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=66938490806&ref=nf

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* Children of the Taliban - documentary by Shireen Obaid Chinoy
http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=78640476860&h=fO2JG&u=iSvjl

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* Class dismissed in Swat valley - The part where Malala' father speaks is especially moving and inspiring.
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/02/22/world/1194838044017/class-dism...
(graphic scenes)
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* - Sale of Swat's blood emeralds bankrolls Taliban terrorism
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/09/04/11/10303139.html

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* Diary of a Pakistani school girl
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7834402.stm

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Op-ed's

* Taliban Aa Gayay - Samad Khurram
http://pakistaniat.com/2009/04/20/taliban-pakistan/

* The price of moral cowardice
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspa...

* Endorsing surrender - Abbas Rashid
http://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/endorsing-surrender-%e2%80%9...

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Some other references:

* A point of view from Dhaka
http://dawntravelshow.com/dblog/2009/04/20/from-dhaka-with-love/

* Pakistan's War: On the front line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQB-IgktVEM&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30tGS-xDJg0&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQB-IgktVEM&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAVv1epfbqk&feature=channel

Photo - A Pakistani boy holds a toy rocket-propelled grenade launcher in Mingora, Swat Valley, Sunday April 19, 2009. – AP

Comments

Jocelynbrazil's picture

What an amazing program

Tanya,
I think that the retreat you describe for girls of Swat Valley sounds absolutely amazing. It is the type of program needed in many different places and urgently in Pakistan. I hope to work in programs like this in the futre with young women that come from the favela system of Brazil and with young women and children all around the world.
I will absolutely see what I can donate and I look forward to hearing updates about the process.
Good luck with everything and blessings,
Jocelyn

Tanya's picture

Jocelyn, Just a little

Jocelyn,

Just a little update. The project has been put on hold for a week or two now because of the current security situation in the area. The army has launched a massive operation in Buner as I write this to flush out the militants. Action in Swat remains to be seen. Until, then Shiza who is heading this program has decided to wait and concentrate on building up her resources, which will help the project.

Regards,

Tanya Daud

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