Zofeen T. Ebrahim

FEATURE-Fear, stigma slow COVID-19 vaccine take-up among trans Pakistanis

Aug 09 2021

KARACHI, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nasira Manojee, an HIV-positive transgender woman from Karachi, had to ignore her friends' advice and overcome her own worst fears before getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pakistan faces an unexpected dilemma: too much electricity

Feb 24 2021

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After suffering decades of electricity shortages that left families and businesses in the dark, Pakistan finds itself with a new problem: more electrical generating capacity than it needs.

Sweet relief: Karachi public toilets aim to boost privy parity

Nov 18 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Pakistan struggles with equal access to sanitation, a new project aims to make the city of Karachi cleaner, healthier and more inclusive by building the country's first privately managed public toilets out of old shipping containers.

Pakistan court orders arrests over Christian teen's forced marriage

Nov 09 2020

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Pakistani court ordered several arrests on Monday in the case of a Christian teenager who was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a 44-year-old Muslim man, an incident that sparked street protests by church groups and rights activists.

Pakistani police rescue Christian teen forced to convert, marry

Nov 03 2020

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistani police have rescued a missing Christian teenager who was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a 44-year-old Muslim man, her family said on Tuesday after the case sparked street protests and outrage on social media.

Pakistani fishermen fear a 'new Dubai' could empty their nets

Nov 02 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the quarrel over building a gleaming "new Dubai" on two small islands off Pakistan's Arabian Sea coast, the voices of the fishermen who have plied these waters for centuries often go unheard.

High kicks: The Pakistani football star training girls in the Hindu Kush

Oct 21 2020

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Running a football club for girls from poor families in a remote, mountainous area of Pakistan is hard enough at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic.

Child bride to elite police, the Pakistan film focusing on female pioneers

Aug 17 2020

KARACHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Pakistani policewoman battling rising levels of violence against women in her country is one of three women featured in an Emmy-nominated movie that high-profile filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy hopes will inspire other women.

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.

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