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Fighting for women's rights in Swat Valley

By: Sylvain LEPETIT | Taha SIDDIQUI
1 min

In Swat Valley, a former stronghold of the Taliban in Pakistan, a group of women are taking certain legal matters into their own hands. In this fiercly patriarchal society, disputes are traditionally resolved by a meeting of elders, and that means men. This parallel justice system is known as the jirga. Until now, it was always a male-only domain, and in some cases such as honour killings, women's rights were ignored. Now a group of women has decided to speak up and create their own female jirga

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