Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Candidate goes against 44 other candidates in fiercely conservative region

Pakistani housewife, 38-year-old Badam Zari has filed her candidacy for parliament in Khar, capital of the fiercely conservative Pakistani tribal area of Bajaur. She is the very first woman from the restive region to run for office.

It must be noted that while she is a strong supporter of women's education, Badam Zari herself has only completed the fifth grade.

It must be noted that while she is a strong supporter of women's education, Badam Zari herself has only completed the fifth grade.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/7/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Pakistan, parliament, conservatism, female rights, Bada Zari


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The women in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have faced many challenges because of unnecessary restrictions on them and rigid tribal traditions," Zari said in a telephone interview. "I want to give voice to our voiceless women."

She has her work cut out for her in the elections this coming May 11. Not only is she up against 44 other candidates, Bajaur is also home to militants who have waged war against state institutions, such as schools for girls and women.

Pakistan's army launched a massive operation to evict militants from the area in 2008. Pakistani forces have managed to establish an uneasy peace in Bajaur, but problems facing women have not disappeared. The nation remains at the bottom of world maternal mortality and women's literacy rankings.

Zari said she is running for office to do something about horrible conditions in her homeland. Pakistani troops say they want to rebuild Waziristan, a corner of Pakistan that has become a hotbed of military activity, with financial help from the U.S. and others. Officials insist that U.S. drone strikes on the area must end.

"Women in Pakistan in general, and those living in the remote tribal areas in particular, have been neglected," Zari said. Married to a school principal, she has no children.

The candidate added that past parliamentarians had served their own interests and not those of the tribal population as a whole. She wants to stamp out endemic corruption and boost services, such as health care and schools.

It must be noted that while she is a strong supporter of women's education, Zari herself has only completed the fifth grade.

 "I was so happy today when I heard on local FM radio that a woman would contest election," fellow Bajaur resident Dil Faraz Khan said. "This woman would be far better than those corrupt politicians."

Although some of her fellow tribesmen welcomed Zari's move, Sahibzada Shah Jehan argued that to campaign for office ran counter to tribal traditions.

"After Malala Yousafzai, most of the women are trying to do something that could help them get popularity across the world," he said, referring to the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by militants for promoting girls' education. "But they ignore that their action could jeopardize their lives." 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

China begins vaccine devolopment with a BANG! Watch

Image of Japanese encephalitis is a disease caused by the mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus. The Japanese encephalitis virus has an incubation perioid of 5 to 15 days.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China is expected to begin exporting a manufactured vaccine for Japanese encephalitis by early 2015 to needy Southeast Asian countries. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The vaccine is intended to protect children in those poor countries from the deadly virus.You ... continue reading


India battles to contain 'brain fever' as death toll approaches 570 Watch

Image of Floods also lead to the contamination of water sources such as wells, leaving many people with no option but to use the same dirty water for both drinking and washing.

By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever," health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise further. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Outbreaks of both Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and ... continue reading


India's secret suicide epidemic! 2013 saw more than 150,000 deaths! Watch

Image of Men are twice as likely to commit suicide as women in India, based on a study of suicide cases from 2013.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Men in India are twice as likely to commit suicide according to an Indian government agency which is responsible for collecting and analyzing crime data. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In 2013, 134,000 people committed suicide in India, and two thirds were men ... continue reading


Typhoon caused 47 deaths in plane crash in Taiwan Watch

Image of A typhoon in Taiwan caused a plane to crash, killing 47 and injuring 11.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on an island off the coast of Taiwan as it attempted a desperate emergency landing during a typhoon on July 23. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Of the 58 passengers aboard the plane 47 were killed and 11 were injured ... continue reading


NATIONAL DISGRACE: India is home to one in three of all forced child marriages Watch

Image of In rural Indian villages, there are very real concerns about the safety of girls. If a girl is married off early, the strained logic is that her husband can protect her. She is treated as property.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a national shame for Southeast Asia's economic powerhouse: One in all three forced child marriages in the world is in India. It's a regional shame as well, as a new UNICEF study has proved almost half of all child marriages are in South Asia. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Men outnumber women in India, Nepal and Bangladesh new study says Watch

Image of The ratio of women to men in India continues to decrease, a new report from the United Nations says, and it is expected to continue to decrease in the future.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A United Nations report, released on July 22, says that India needs to take urgent action following a sharp decline in its child sex ratio. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The "Sex Ratios and Gender-Biased Sex Selection: History, Debate and Future Directions" ... continue reading


DEATH INDUSTRY: Pakistan's stone crushing factories take toll on workers Watch

Image of Lack of dust control systems at stone-crushing factories mean silica dust will also affect people in nearby areas. In fact, most crushing units are located in or near residential areas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Any type of industry in developing nations are usually seen as good things, but this is not always the case. Pakistan's stone crushing factories, which exist far and away from any sort of regulatory and safety laws, claim the lives of many of its laborers. Dust ... continue reading


CRY FOR JUSTICE: Filipino women demand stronger voice in governments Watch

Image of It is not surprising to see young indigenous women in the Philippines being forced to marry men six times their age in arranged marriages.

By Froilyn Mendoza, Thomson Reuters Foundation

When the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on October 15, 2012, many rejoiced. A peace deal seemed finally to have ended the four-decade conflict between the Government and ... continue reading


British nun who founded order in India declared Venerable by Pope Watch

Image of Mother Mary Veronica's Cause for Canonization was opened at the request of her order in 1997.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis, for the second time in less than a month, has moved a British woman closer to canonization. His gesture for Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, a Carmelite nun, comes mere weeks after he declared Frances Taylor, a nurse who served with Florence ... continue reading


Only one hospital in China would remove this 33 pound tumor! Watch

Image of 11-year-old Han Bingbing underwent eight hours of surgery to remove a 33 pound tumor from her abdomen.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An 11-year-old Chinese girl has undergone a successful operation to remove a 33 pound tumor from her abdomen. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Han Bingbing, from Heilongjiang in north-east China, underwent eight hours of surgery to remove an intraperitoneal tumor, ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 13:1-11
1 Yahweh said this to me, 'Go and buy a linen ... Read More

Psalm, Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21
18 (You forget the Rock who fathered you, the God who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:31-35
31 He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2014 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter