Chitral: Women pay heavy price for seeking divorce

Published on: 11/11/2019 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL: Two cases of women being ‘punished’ for seeking divorce from their husbands have been reported one each in upper and lower Chitral districts. In the first reported case a married women belonging to Parkusap village of Mastuj area was shot and wounded by her husband after she had filed a petition in the local court seeking divorce from her husband.
In the second instance a woman belonging to Ayun village had filed a divorce petition against her husband in the local court. The husband along with his accomplices kidnapped the woman, it was reported. ..CN report,11 Nov 2019

GB women Football League kicked off today

Published on: 13/09/2019 | Comments: No comments 

CHITRAL:? Eight teams are competing in the Female Football league tournament in Gilgit Bltistan, Passu. The tournament is a five day event and has received wide support from spectators and football lovers. However the players complained of lack of support and sponsorship from the government. The Urdu video is produced below courtesy Gilgit TV .. CN report,13 Sep 2019

Women are the leaders of the future: The Dalai Lama:

Published on: 31/05/2019 | Comments: No comments 

In the?July 2019 issue of?Lion?s Roar, five people share their meaningful moments with the Dalai Lama. Here, Danielle LaPorte recalls her meeting with His Holiness.

Dalai Lama

Photo by Minette Layne.

When I was about to turn thirty, I was given an opportunity to have a private audience with His Holiness. ?Hey kid,? my boss said, ?I?ve got us a meeting with the Dalai Lama at his place in India.? I was already packed.

In Dharamsala, five of us waited like groupies before a big show. His Holiness burst in, robust and radiant. ?So sorry to keep you waiting!? he said.

We spoke of universal consciousness, military actions, and politics. We laughed. We mostly laughed at his bellowing laughs. He abruptly turned to me with a penetrating gaze. Fuzzy eyebrows raised. ?You have a question.?

?My generation is at a crossroads,? I said. ?And I wonder what message you have for Gen Xers??

?In the West, you have education. This is good. You have technology. This is good. But you do not educate your people in values of the heart, of compassion. This you must do,? the Dalai Lama said.? ?It does not matter whether you are Buddhist or Christian. Compassion lives in the heart, beyond religion. Even me, a Buddhist, can say that you do not need Buddhism. All you need is the compassion of the heart. Women know this because peace is implicit in women. You put boys together, they make war. You put women together, they make peace. Women are the leaders of the future.? And then he laughed.

After an hour, his secretary insisted we wrap up. The Dalai Lama moved to the doorway and then hugged each of us gently, like he had all the time in the world. When I pulled back from this holy bear hug, he looked me in the eyes and nodded, as if to say, ?I see you, and I?ve got you.? I had never felt so seen and so loved.? .. Source

Women have more active brains than men, according to science

Published on: 28/11/2018 | Comments: No comments 

The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer?s Disease, found that women?s brains were significantly more active in many more areas than men?s, especially in the prefrontal cortex which is involved in focus and impulse control and the limbic or emotional areas of the brain responsible for mood and anxiety.

However, the visual and coordination centers of the brain were more active in men.?

Lead author Daniel G. Amen, a psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics, said: ?This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences.

?The quantifiable differences we identified between men and women are important for understanding gender-based risk for brain disorders such as Alzheimer?s disease.?

The researchers used brain scans from 119 healthy volunteers and 26,683 patients with a range of psychiatric conditions such as brain trauma, bipolar, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and ADHD.

The study subjects rested or performed cognitive tasks while researchers measured blood flow in their brains using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).

The researchers analyzed a total of 128 brain regions at baseline (at the beginning of the study) and during a concentration task.

They found that women had greater blood flow in the prefrontal cortex compared to men, which may help to explain why women tend to be stronger in the areas of empathy, intuition, collaboration, self-control and showing appropriate concern.

It also revealed increased blood flow in limbic areas of the brains of women, which may also partially explain why women are more prone to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and eating disorders.

However, the human brain – regardless of gender – is changeable and notoriously difficult to understand.

As Gina Rippon, Professor of Cognitive Imaging at Ashton University,?wrote last year:

“The notion that our brains are plastic or malleable and, crucially, remain so throughout our lives is one of the key breakthroughs of the last 40 years in our understanding of the brain. Different short- and long-term experiences will?change the brain?s structure. It has also been shown that social attitudes and?expectations such as stereotypes?can?change how your brain processes information. Supposedly brain-based differences in behavioural characteristics and cognitive skills?change across time, place and culture?due to the different external factors experienced, such as access to education, financial independence, even diet.” .. Source?

Why did a ‘Women Exclusive’ market project not succeed in Chitral?

Published on: 07/09/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Dear Sir,
I was sad to see that the market dedicated to women shopkeepers and women shoppers established in Chitral town has been closed down reportedly for lack of interest from women shopkeepers. The reasons could be many but what I see as main reasons are following two:

  1. The clerics opposed the establishment of such market as they saw it as a source of empowerment of women which would prove a direct challenge to their hegemonic authority over this weaker segment of the society. They are even opposed to women leaving houses for any reason, but can’t stop that after trying, so they opposed the women market tooth and nail.
  2. The liberals including NGOs and other like minded people, instead of encouraging, tacitly discouraged the said market as according to them women already visit the mixed open markets and clerics have failed to stop them, therefore according to them restricting women to segregated market would be a regressive step.
  3. The District Administration of the time and the Chamber Of commerce despite starting off with a grand conference full of NGO ladies and bankers appreciating and promising to support the project, abruptly withdrew their support for the project for most probably due to any one or both of the above mentioned reasons
  4. ?I would nevertheless like to mention that I saw some staunch support for the project from facebook users but in a place like Chitral that does not help much in practical terms.Whatever the reason, a good intended social benefit project has been killed by the apathy of the people who could have helped it.? .. Faridul Haq, Chitral 07 Sep 2017