Anmol Irfan is a freelance journalist with bylines in VICE, HUCK, Guardian amongst others. She has experience writing on minority politics, activism, and gender issues. She is also the founder Pakistani community plaform, Perspectives Magazine.
Countless incidents of gender-based violence and assault against females have been reported in Pakistan but nothing has changed despite the media outcry, with women across the country scared to step out of their homes or be around men in public.
South Asian norms have for far too long maintained women's roles as passive, unquestioning and subservient to her husband, but feminist movements in the region have begun to challenge those ideals with literature also heavily impacting the movements.
Narratives surrounding the US withdrawal of Afghanistan has once again called into question the role of the Western lens when it comes to responding to the crisis. Speaking with local activists, The New Arab explains how this dynamic can be shifted.