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Activist Shad Begum has spent her life empowering women to live up to their full potential. In a personal talk, she shares her determined struggle to improve the lives of women in her deeply religious and conservative community in northwest Pakistan — and calls for women around the world to find their political voice. "We must stand up for our own rights — and not wait for someone else to come and help us," Begum says.

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56 Comments on How women in Pakistan are creating political change | Shad Begum

  1. PKMKB

  2. alok baluni // 8th March 2019 at 3:47 pm // Reply

    Don’t change the Topic #PKMKB

    • Nature Nurture // 8th March 2019 at 6:34 pm // Reply

      “How they are taught to hate Indians and hate Hindus..” that is the “nafrat” I said mitao. Even they might be told how hindus in India are being taught to hate muslims and called mulle, katve, jihadi, etc.
      Yesterday Pak Pm kicked out his minister for using bad words against hindus. In India such abusive people get rewarded with more power. Hope things will change.
      By the way there are 6 million hindus in Pakistan. And slowly they too are getting place into mainstream politics.

    • Shaurya Vashisht // 8th March 2019 at 6:59 pm // Reply

      +Nature Nurture and oh btw as far as “nafrat” which is the synonym of pakistan is concerned. So called Prime minister of pakistan or rather I should say spokesperson of ISI has not even condemned the Pulwama attack in which 40 of our Indian soldiers were martyred.
      Isse jyaada besharmi ki baat aur kya ho skti hai? Jb peshawar hua tha sbhi hindustaniyon ne milkr dukh jtaaya tha…. Pakistan ki awaam pr masoom bachon or hue hamle ko condemn kiya tha….
      Prove me, that Imran khan condemned the Pulwama Attack and I’ll support your thinking that there should be “peace”.
      And if you can not prove it then don’t do bhashaan.

      You have to realise that the only problem is pakistan, and its state policy to sponsor terrorism. The day that ends, India will be the first to shake hands with Pakistan.
      But as long as there are blind people like you who are not willing to see that their own military and govt. is using them to fulfil their own pathetic agendas, there can never be peace. Neither in India nor in Pakistan.

    • ThePower OfTheDoge // 8th March 2019 at 9:58 pm // Reply

      +Shaurya Vashisht Allow me to prove,in his reply towards the aligation made by India,he said that there is no proof that Pakistan was behind this and if any terrorist is found Pakistan would be more than happy to help get rid such who try to hide there.
      He said that he wants to prevent a war and showed grief towards the whole incident.
      What did we do?We just blamed them.
      Now,ready to fulfill YOUR end? ^_^

    • ThePower OfTheDoge // 8th March 2019 at 10:02 pm // Reply

      And if you want the video proof, I’d be more than happy to share it with you.
      Now,you will support Peace wouldn’t you?
      There is no benefit to neither India nor Pakistan and their people in going against Peace.
      Peace is what is badly needed in these times and I hope you are happy to oblige.

    • ThePower OfTheDoge // 8th March 2019 at 10:02 pm // Reply

      +Nature Nurture what do you say?

  3. Brenda omari // 8th March 2019 at 3:47 pm // Reply

    Women empowerment is still a progress journey

  4. Yeah exactly education is most important without education you can’t live a good life..

  5. Mayank Singh // 8th March 2019 at 3:53 pm // Reply

    Watch Christine Fair on Pakistan. And remember Islam has nothing to do with isis

    • Mayank Singh // 8th March 2019 at 6:08 pm // Reply

      +III-GabeN-III bro I was being sarcastic and even then I think It will be unfair to declare all Muslims as that, but countries like Islamic republic of Pakistan is a problem of whole world not just west

    • Jackie miles // 8th March 2019 at 6:50 pm // Reply

      A XMysterygirlX just like Jim Jones and other cultists have used the name of God to justify their own agenda. I recently took a class on diversity and families and the text stated that there are religious groups that still exists today that women are supposed be submissive and listen to their husbands, stay at home to take care of their children.

    • A XMysterygirlX // 8th March 2019 at 8:43 pm // Reply

      Jackie miles our society doesn’t support and approve of what Jim Jones did that’s why he went elsewhere to do it.
      You cannot compare the two it’s a ridiculous argument to do so.
      So you took a class and suddenly you’ve seen the light. Sigh.. this is precisely how our nation has fallen so far.

    • A XMysterygirlX // 8th March 2019 at 9:25 pm // Reply

      Mayank Singh sometimes I leave comments for more than responding to the OP and so others who may be reading who do hold that view or empathy for an ideology ( meaning both religious and political view) that at best allows or at worst promotes abuse, rape and murder might start thinking for themselves one day.

    • III-GabeN-III // 8th March 2019 at 9:41 pm // Reply

      +Mayank Singh if you had read my comment, i never said all… and suuuuuure you were being sarcastic 😉

  6. Yeah like Benazir Bhutto who created the project of Taliban and kept funding them until it turned against her and was killed in the same terorrist manner

  7. High Silver // 8th March 2019 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    Ted: *Uploads a talk about women’s rights in Pakistan*

    Indian trolls: *Flock to the comments*

    Conclusion: *not even a noble message can stop petty people*

    • Cherry Ares // 8th March 2019 at 4:48 pm // Reply

      +Chinmay Dixit I’m not hating, I’m stating facts

    • Cherry Ares // 8th March 2019 at 4:51 pm // Reply

      +CanisMajoris yeah it’s really stupid, the modern middle East is just like the dark ages for England and America

    • Tec.test18 Test // 8th March 2019 at 8:46 pm // Reply

      +somya choudhary because you media post propganda. Simple.

      We are not trying to lecture you on anything but maybe you try to open yourself and listen to international media so you can know the differnce. (Don’t listen to Pakistan media but open up to say BBC and CNN and others). It’s good to know different angles of a topic.

      PS. And for the love of journalism, Microsoft today declared that the Indian media is the generating the more fake news then any other country in the world.
      Please you are just being brainwashed.

    • Tec.test18 Test // 8th March 2019 at 8:54 pm // Reply

      +CanisMajoris I think you might have accidentally missed to mention the Indian armys presence in Kashmir which is declared by UN as the TOP worst human rights Violations then any other place in the world.

      I think you also forgot to mention 1979 genocide against Sikhs in India.

      Maybe the 2002 violation where 20,000 Muslims were killed as also not worth mentioning.just 20,000 ( and without adding the rapes and loss of public property)

      Oh by the way, that guy who did this is now the PM of INDIA.

      YES, you need to introspect… Before lecturing others, Mr. Perfect.

      PPS. Pakistan is improving.

    • +Tec.test18 Test are you referring the same report agency which declared home as “the most dangerous place to be” for a woman??? That’s just west being west. Moreover, media everywhere is corrupt. We know what we are and ISI knows what we are capable of. Lastly, you should not talk about minorities or human rights here. No minority is being shrunk to less than 1%. We’re not the ones creeping in and drawing out Kashmiri Pandits. Don’t worry about our PM, we don’t have terrorists controlling democracy.
      PPPS: Do I need to say we’re improving faster….

  8. Akshay Khobragade // 8th March 2019 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    Let there be peace, let there be hope ( I know that doesn’t rhyme at all)

  9. Nature Nurture // 8th March 2019 at 4:26 pm // Reply

    We saw your Parliament is full of women.

  10. Nature Nurture // 8th March 2019 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    All the low life trolls barking now.. Will soon work for intelligent and compassanate women all over the world irrespective of their religion.

  11. Nature Nurture // 8th March 2019 at 4:36 pm // Reply

    In what way is the Pakistan of 2009 different from the Pakistan of 2019?

  12. Pawan Kumar // 8th March 2019 at 4:46 pm // Reply

    As long as there’s a void within us, we live to only fill that. Once we have no void within, we begin to appreciate others and the outside world, for we then don’t want the world to give anything to us, but for us to give the world.

  13. Proud of her Journey ,Proud of her thoughts .

  14. Kimberyote3 // 8th March 2019 at 5:11 pm // Reply

    TED continues to collude and condone Sharia. How despicable.

  15. World's Netizen // 8th March 2019 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    I didn’t see too much change from their traditional iconic hijab dressing code.

    • World's Netizen // 8th March 2019 at 7:11 pm // Reply

      +Eagle 367 sure, why not put the religion aside for a while?

    • amy imran nasir // 8th March 2019 at 7:26 pm // Reply

      I Think women of this planet should take of their cloths. Then women will be free, more intelectual and brave enough.

    • +World’s Netizen that’s women empowerment, some bozo on the internet telling them what to do. Yeah mate real freedom is when you listen to people online for everything to do

    • +amy imran nasir hahahaha good one

    • The Flaneur // 8th March 2019 at 8:00 pm // Reply

      The irony being, that women hide behind the veil, and religion in order to pretend to be pious and have legitimacy in the community, AFTER they have slutted it up, and partied in their youth. And I speak from direct experience with this. I know girls who’ve slept with 500 guys, and other’s who’ve been full on lesbian, but who pretend to be religious in order to settle down with some beta chump who will put a ring on it, when they are getting fat and old. Women in particular say religion limits them, but it is they who seek out such superstitious woo-woo, and in particular the collective, which most religions are.

      Very similar to nuns, and Christian church girls who sleep around in private, and use religion to virtue signal, to get people off “the scent” of who they are in private. Much like gays and pedos who hide behind the mask of the religion/church as well. I personally remember converting a girl to my religion, and then realized she did it just for show, and was the most sinister person I ever met. I then realized I could trust “religious” people the least, since they wear it as a fashion, and convenient one which suits their circumstances.

      Point being, people like her might complain religion holds them down, but it comes in convenient in so many other ways for them, later on. Though not for the actual ideological/spiritual purposes as we’d all come to expect from them.

  16. Michael Pisciarino // 8th March 2019 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    0:12 Change in Pakistan
    0:54 5% of boys, 1% of girls pursued education. Begum and her father.
    2:15 Reconnecting with women and girls
    3:00 Standing up for your own rights 3:36 It was hard
    4:07 Suffering Silently
    4:58 Elected woman. Ladies only room. Fighting to make clean drinking water more accessible
    6:32 Strength in numbers
    7:12 2007: The Taliban
    8:12 Persistence. 2009 Influx of refugees. 8:48 Healthcare units
    9:10 Training
    10:28 Some of the young women Begum worked with
    11:44 Change
    12:25 Building Feminist Leadership. Making Important Decisions.
    13:07 Dark Days passing.

  17. No mention of Christian women being jailed for blasphemy- how convenient.

  18. SergioHerpon // 8th March 2019 at 7:31 pm // Reply

    Bye bye, TED.

  19. This is what REAL feminism looks like.

  20. Khushal Khan // 8th March 2019 at 8:34 pm // Reply

    As a pukhtoon i feel really proud of shad begum speaking on such a big platform and working for women empowerment in khyber pukhtoonkhwa. We pukhtoons have had to suffer the most because of terrorism in our country and people like her are the reason we’re still strong and fighting! More power to you mam!

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