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Pakistan Observer

Published Date: Apr 5, 2014

Muneeza Hashmi’s book ‘Who Am I?’ launched

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) launched Moneeza Hashmi’s book entitled "Who am I?", here on Friday. The book is launched under SDPI series ‘Inspiring Change: Woman of Substance Series’, aimed at bringing the achievements of women to limelight and those who contributed positively to the society.

The leading Pakistani woman and renowned media practitioner Muneeza Hashmi said during the launching cermony that women’s struggle often remains ignored in Pakistan and needs to be given more attention.

The book documents Muneeza’s interviews with some of the most inspiring women in Pakistan’s history. Muneeza spoke candidly about her past and the pressure of being the daughter of one of the most celebrated literary figures in Pakistan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

She said that while her father has been the subject of much attention, her mother acted as the ‘roof and support’ to keep the family together. She highlighted the bonding that the institution of family generates in the Pakistani society, which is much more than the ‘standards of living’ in the Western world.

She appreciated the tremendous support she had from her family throughout her life. In the depiction of women in Pakistani media, she said that violence against women has become a tool for selling commercial dramas, while the real issues faced by women are rarely brought forth. "There is little ownership to document women’s struggle in Pakistan", she said.

Reflecting on her book, Muneeza said that the title depicts the "wrenching cry of a woman who is trying to find herself. They all are women who are trying to discover themselves". Those who were present at the occasion: Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on Status of Women (NCSW), Prof. Iftikhar-un-nisa Hasan, former Pro-VC of the Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, renowned Pakistani director Agha Nasir, Nisar Memon, Marvi Memon and Dr. Najma Najum.

They applauded the book, stressing that women’s struggle is often neglected in Pakistan and needs to be brought forward in mainstream discourse.