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Pakistani Women Face Challenges in Music Industry

This article originally appeared in Global Voices and FreeMuse.org, which has Special Consultative Status with the United Nation‘s Economic and Social Council.

At eighteen, Sara Haider started playing music by herself, singing Islamic songs and then transitioning into Pakistan’s underground rock scene. Without any artists in her family, she trained in classical music at Karachi’s premier music institution (NAPA), but found difficulties navigating the country’s male-dominated industry.

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Madrassas Go Modern

This article was originally printed in The Kathmandu Post, Nepal’s largest-selling English newspaper.

DHANDANAGAR, Nepal — In a maroon-carpeted room, 27 girls sit barefoot on the floor, watching Khadijah Khan, 24, click her way around an Adobe Photoshop file of a red-roofed home next to a placid lake. “Which tool do we use to select an area and make it smaller?” the young teacher asks in Urdu.

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