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Women in Pakistan

Even if the Pakistani constitution has stipulated equality between men and women since 1973, the reality in the predominantly Muslim country is very different. Life in Pakistan is shaped by old customs and traditions. Many girls are married very young. Forced marriage is not only a tradition among followers of the Muslim faith, but rather arose from a common cultural tradition that also lives on in the few Christian families. Women do not play a major role in Pakistan’s public life. They are rarely seen in the street and when they are, they are usually accompanied by their husbands. The Taliban’s influence is still great, especially in the areas bordering Afghanistan. Violence and oppression plague the lives of women there.

But Pakistan’s history was also shaped by its remarkable women: Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to head an Islamic state. She was Prime Minister from 1988 to 1997 and, among many other causes, also strove to advance the rights of women in her country. One young girl who recently made history is Malala Yousafzai. She fought for girls’ right to an education and, as an internationally known blogger, drew attention to their grievances. Malala survived an attack by the Taliban seriously injured and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, at the age of 17.

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Self-determination through education

Women with an advanced education are still a minority in Pakistan. A good education is the prerequisite for holding a professional job and thus leading a self-determined life. In the field of medicine, women are especially welcome in Pakistan, as women are not allowed to see a male doctor.

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Surgeon Dr. Sumera
Surgeon Dr. Tahera
Orthodontist Dr.-Qurat-ul-Ain
Sobia Ashfaq, the speech therapist
Our head surgeon Prof. Ganatra with students
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Women in our Team Pakistan

Since 2016 Prof. Ashraf Ganatra has been leading our aid project in Pakistan. In his team he relies on the support of three women: the surgeon Dr. Sumera, orthodontist Dr. Qurat-ul-Ain and speech therapist Ms.Sobia Ashfaq. Prof. Ganatra is also committed to helping young women. The young surgeon Dr. Tahera is a qualified Maxillofacial surgeon, interested in learning Cleft surgery. She is regularly attending operating sessions, absorbing the tips and tricks of the cleft craft under the direct supervision of Prof Ganatra.

Medical students also off and on become part of the cleft mission and help the poor cleft patients by counselling and looking after their petty needs. They also have access to the operating roonms to get a direct insight into this specialist discipline.

We are very pleased that our project in Pakistan, thanks to Prof. Ganatra’s commitment, is making a contribution to strengthening the role of women in Pakistan in addition to the medical aid it provides.

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Five good reasons to donate
We are dedicated to one single cause: the treatment of children with cleft lip and palate. In our project countries, we provide direct medical aid to families in need. With success measurable by the number of operations.
As far as the structures in our project countries allow, we also finance necessary follow-up treatments beyond the surgeries, such as speech therapy or orthodontic measures.
Every treatment is documented in our patient database by the doctors on site and verified and checked for quality by us. This way we can be sure that the donations entrusted to us are used properly.
Our goal always is to establish independently functioning medical structures in our project countries. We therefore support our projects over the long term and continuously stay in contact with our local partners.
The German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) has been certifying our responsible and proper handling of our donation income with its DZI donation seal since 2012.