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I wrote my first complaint letter in a long while, possibly ever, a few weeks ago. OK, it wasn’t a letter, it was an email, but same difference. Anyone who knows me will know how out of character this is – I’ve got to be pretty damn angry to take the time to channel my fit of rage through a laborious internet feedback form. But this was serious, near-blind, blood-thumping anger. The kind that you can’t pass over.

The source? An innocent pack of Always pads.

Here’s a warning to anyone squeamish about periods – look away now – though having said that if you do have an issue then you should get over it 🙂

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Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukhtaran_Bibi

I was driving home just now, listening to radio four and one
particular news story hooked my attention: that of Mukhtar Mai, an
internationally successful figure in the fight for women’s rights in
Pakistan. She’s been in the news lot over the past few years so you may
already have heard about her, but I felt compelled to share my
enthusiasm for this powerful woman.
Mukhtar was gang-raped on the orders of a rival clan in her native
village of Meerwala, Pakistan. Backed by the government, she managed to
recieve compensation and won a court hearing that ended with the
prosecution of some of her rapists, a feat acheived by only a miniscule
minority of Pakistani women who suffer the same fate.
The part of the story that really held me was how she used her
compensation to establish two school is her home province, one for
girls and one for boys, in order to combat the negative treatment of
women with education. She believes this is the only way to create a
lasting impression and ethos of respect between men and women in the
next generation. She never recieved education as a young girl – there
was no school for girls in her village – so she has created the
opportunity for young girls to have what she never experience, and what
she believed would have made a significant difference. What an
enlightened and truly inspiring individual; to use her experience
constructively to combat a taboo, but extremely important issue within
her native environment.
Her latest progression has been to set up a weblog! I’ve tried to find
it but failed…Mukhta is illiterate herself, but she dictates issues and
debates about the unacceptable treatment of women in rural Pakistan,
which are typed up on her weblog by a local bbc journalist. She is
spreading the word and creating an awareness of abuse that has passed
us by silently until recently. Good on her.

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