Nusrat Ara
Posted June 15, 2009 from Kashmir

Parveena Ahanger,

Chair, Association of Parents of Disappeared, Kashmir

Fights for the wherabouts of Kashmir's estimated 10,000 disappeared, who are untraced after being picked up Indian secuirty forces. Parveena turned her personal tragedy into a struggle for the whole lot, after her eight year old son was picked from her home in 1990. She has not been able to locate his wherabouts, but the fight has brought down the state practice of disappearances considerably.

Nighat Shafi Pandit, Social Activist,

The conflict in Kashmir created an unprecendented number of widows and orphans in the region. Nighat, a buerucrat's wife, could not confine herself to her cosy home. She came and set up orphanages, and intitutes working for the betterment of orphans and widows of the region. She is constantly adding dimensions to her work by digressing into more cinflict related problems, associated with women and children

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  • JaniceW
    Jun 15, 2009
    Jun 15, 2009

    Nusrat, both women sound very powerful and would make excellent subjects to interview. They both sound very passionate about what they do and have come to the fight from quite different backgrounds. I am torn as I think both would be very interesting interviews. I think the interview with Parveena Ahanger will be the more emotional in that her personal tragedy touches her work and motivates her. But I also find it fascinating that a woman decided to break away from her cosy home to establish orphanages. Which woman are you thinking you will interview?

    Whichever you choose, I know it will be a strong interview. Best wishes and I look forward to reading the final piece.

  • Jade Frank
    Jun 15, 2009
    Jun 15, 2009

    Hi Nusrat,

    I agree, both of these women have incredible stories to tell and would result in fascinating articles. When looking over their short bios, Parveena Ahanger's story jumps out at me more. However it might be a good idea to contact both women and see if both are indeed available. Whichever activist you choose, I'm excited to read your final article!

    Cheers, Jade

  • Tanya
    Jun 16, 2009
    Jun 16, 2009

    This is funny and sad too. One of the first people which sprang in my mind was Amina Masood Janjua - the lady's who leading the fight for the missing people in Pakistan (her husband included)!. Even though she's been interviewed before, her cause needs to be put out there. But, I would strongly recommend a piece on Parveena Ahanger. I think it will connect on a deeper level with the reader as well as create awareness about an extremely important issue. Goodluck! :) Hopefully, I should be able to find someone else now with an equally strong quotient for a story.