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Zofeen T. Ebrahim

FEATURE-Monsoon floods expose blockages in Karachi's drains - and politics

Aug 12 2020

KARACHI, Aug 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Craftsman Mohammad Zakir, 35, who lives in a low-lying area of Karachi's Orangi Town, does not recall the authorities ever cleaning out the stormwater drain serving his neighbourhood.

From victim to protector: Pakistan's first trans cop fights for justice

Jul 15 2020

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A fter enduring death threats, transphobic slurs and sexual harassment at college, Pakistan's first trans police officer Reem Sharif now shields other trans people from abuse.

Pakistan's first Sheedi lawmaker targets 'scourge of racism'

Jun 23 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's first lawmaker from the Sheedi minority is on a mission to fight centuries-old discrimination against her community of African descent, saying it has been held back by entrenched racism.

Eight-year-old maid's death spurs calls for child labour reform in Pakistan

Jun 05 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The brutal death of an eight-year-old maid has caused outrage in Pakistan, prompting the government to propose changes to legislation governing child labour.

Pakistan's 'honour killings' show women need digital skills, says Facebook adviser

May 21 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The latest "honour killing" of two teenage girls in Pakistan after a video of them with a man surfaced online shows women need better control over their digital presence, said an activist appointed to Facebook's new oversight board this month.

Pakistan police arrest three over 'honour killing' of teenage sisters

May 18 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The father and brother of two teenage sisters shot dead in Pakistan after mobile phone video of them with a man surfaced online have been arrested, police said on Monday, drawing praise from women's rights activists.

Pakistan readies for second battle against crop-devouring locusts

May 14 2020

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To many farmers in southeast Pakistan, an impending locust attack when summer crops of cotton, sugarcane and rice are being sown, and fruit and vegetables are ready to be picked is a much bigger problem than the coronavirus pandemic.

Pakistan's younger women riding a digital wave in drive for better jobs

Apr 28 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Kainat Naz joined a women-friendly technology boot camp a year ago, she had no idea it would completely change her life and her views on how women can work in conservative Pakistan.

As glacial lake bursts, preparation saves live in Pakistan

Jul 11 2019

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to prepare Pakistani mountain communities threatened by the collapse of glacial lakes, as climate change brings faster glacier melt, paid off this week as a flood ravaged five villages in Chitral district but appeared to cost no lives, Pakistan and international officials said.

As water disappears, parched southern Pakistan farmers march north

Jul 08 2019

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As shopkeeper Ali Akbar went to open his store last week along the main street of Thatta, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, he found himself wading through a sea of people who had blocked the road, causing an enormous traffic jam.

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As UAE hails Israel accord, silence from Saudi Arabia

As media and people in the United Arab Emirates hailed the Gulf state's deal to normalise relations with Israel as a diplomatic victory that helps the Palestinians, silence reigned in Saudi Arabia, longtime figurehead of regional policy towards Israel.