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Pakistani women 'break political barriers'

Two women make history by becoming first females to contest parliamentary seats in tribal region.

Last Modified: 02 Apr 2013 16:26
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Two Pakistani women have made history by becoming the first women to run for parliament from the country's tribal regions, highly conservative areas which are safe havens for armed groups.

Most women in the tribal regions are uneducated, rarely work outside the home and wear long, flowing clothes that cover most of their body when they appear in public.

But Badam Zari and Nusrat Begum are trying to break political barriers by deciding to contest parliamentary seats.

Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports.

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