[QODLink]
Asia

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
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

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.

83

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.