Mukhtar Mai in New York

Remeber a few months ago, our friendly neighborhood dictator and the “Saviour of Pakistan” spoke about how women wanted to get raped, so that they could get visas to Canada. […link…]

The actual quote went something like this

“You must understand the environment in Pakistan,” Musharraf added. “This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped.”

Why would you say, do I bring this up?

Mukhtar Mai, the lady who was brutally raped in Pakistan, and stood up to tell the sordid tale, is on a speaking tour in the US. She speaks at the Cooper Union, here in New York on November 05, 2005.

Blogosphere’s take on Mukhtar Mai and the despotic dictator’s gibberish utterances can be found here here here and here.

Asia Society in cooperation with Asian American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights (ANAA), The Amnesty International USA NYC Women’s Human Rights Action Team and Cooper Union are honored to present:

A Courageous Woman, A Courageous People:

Mukhtar Mai Speaks Out to Help Her Nation

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, from 10 am to 12 noon The Great Hall at Cooper Union

7 East 7th Street (at Third Avenue) Manhattan.

Subways: 6 to Astor Place; N/R to East 8th Street

Mukhtar Mai is known around the world for her courage in speaking out about the brutal gang rape she suffered on the order of a Pakistani tribal jirga. No judge, social taboo, village leader or military administration could silence her, and her brave quest for justice for victims of rape and sexual violence has been an inspiration to women all over the world.

Mukhtar Mai is visiting the United States to meet thousands of her supporters and to draw attention to the legal, social and political repression faced by victims of violence in Pakistan. She will also speak on the deplorable conditions faced by women in Pakistan that have been made worse by the devastating earthquake in October.

While in the United States, Mukhtar Mai will be presented with Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” award by President Bill Clinton. She will also urge the United States Congress to uphold their commitment to women’s rights in Pakistan by pledging an additional 50 million dollars in humanitarian aid specifically earmarked for the women and children affected by the earthquake. Please join her on November 5th in demanding justice and human rights for all.


For more information, please contact:

For AANA: leena_z_khan@yahoo.com

For AIUSA: AmnestyMukhtarMai@earthlink.net; 212-979-7213

$5 donation requested

One Comment

  1. dustin December 17, 2005

    good read.

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