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Devotion and Defiance: My Fight for Justice for Women

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In the fall of 2001, a young Pakistani woman took on a job
editing the “women's section” of one of the country’s leading Urdu newspapers.
Soon, the young mother of three transformed pages of celebrity gossip and
fashion advice into a vehicle for investigation of the true lives of Pakistani
women, shocking the nation.

News of acid attacks on hapless women, the trading of girls a
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ebook, 256 pages
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 20th 2012)
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Joe
May 27, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
This is definitely one of the best autobiographies I've read of a Pakistani politician, or any politician for that matter. She does a great job of describing her efforts and telling her story without falling into the trap of describing herself as the one and only savior for Pakistan when everyone else was the problem. The book describes both her strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, as well as complimenting those who helped her. It also has two great sections that explore some of the ...more
Dennis Fischman
Apr 04, 2016 Dennis Fischman rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this book after finishing Saadia Faruqi's collection of short stories, to get a nonfictional perspective on life in Pakistan. Shahid's book is just as narrative as fiction but more interesting because it tells stories about people who are still active in Pakistani politics today.

At times, I did wonder if Shahid was running for something. As a journalist and as a member of parliament, she is always on the right side of every fight, according to her own account. Her only disclosed weakness
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Dec 17, 2014 Daughters Of Abraham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: muslim
Daughters of Abraham! This book was a huge hit for our group. We had a fabulous discussion about life's trials that test our faith.
This book is more political than most that we choose. But, the story is both personal and political.
Over the course of this memoir, Humaira Awais Shahid becomes a wife, a journalist, mother, and a legislator. She questions her faith and she regains it. She stands for what she thinks is right, based on Islam.

Ms Shahid's causes seem like they are obviously right, by
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Rona
Jun 19, 2015 Rona rated it really liked it
A Muslim friend of mine asked me to read this because Humaira Awais Shahid is a true Muslim. Over the course of this memoir, the author becomes a wife, a journalist, mother, and a legislator. She questions her faith and she regains it.She stands for what she thinks is right, based on Islam.

Ms Shahid's causes seem like they are obviously right, by Western standards. They are also obviously right according to Islam. She has spent years seeking justice for abused women who are burned on stoves or
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Leo
Aug 16, 2014 Leo rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a good read. Humaira Shahid's diligence in fighting for woman's rights as a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in Pakistan should prove inspiring for all interested in human rights. Having to overcome politics and prejudice while being a mother, wife and newspaper columnist is an adventure in juggling that many business women should be able to relate. Her use of Islamic principles found in the Quran as inspiration is an interesting contrast to the popular ...more
Barry
An academic Pakistani woman enters the legislature and discovers and fights a violent patriarchy.

I've also read these books by women from that part of the world.

The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future
by Fawzia Koofi

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
by Nujood Ali

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai
Fred Kohn
May 29, 2014 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
It seems that all we ever hear in the West is how awful things are in Pakistan. That is why it was so refreshing for me to read this book. Sure, Pakistan has a lot of problems, but there are a lot of good people living there who love their country and are tackling those problems. Humaira Shahid is one.
Judith
Sep 15, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it
Humaira Shahid is an amazing woman. As one of the first women appointed to the Punjab Provincial Assembly, she faced an overwhelming amount of prejudice and powerlessness. She fought long and hard for the rights of Pakistani women and against the practice of private money-lending. And during all of this she helped to run her husband's family newspaper the Daily Khabrain and raise her family.
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