The , located in the Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan will host the matches.
According to Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP), this years festival will be even more spectacular.
(Child marriages fall into this too, where young girls as young as nine or 10 years old get married off to much older men, who then may force them into the sex trade.) Further, I realize that I’ve limited this research to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which is probably why the information that was available to me was limited too.
However, in the future, I plan to look deeper into sex trafficking trends not only in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, but also in Afghanistan, and how Pashtun women are being affected by it.
By Sesap Zai Last semester, for my Gender and Development class, I decided to do my final research paper on the trends of women trafficking – Pashtun women in particular – and how they get induced into the sex trade through the semblance of marriage.
And, initially, I wasn’t going to share excerpts of this paper, due to its highly controversial nature; but one of my dearest and closest friends is currently doing extensive research on sex trafficking and child marriages for a humanitarian project, and I’d promised her that I’d send her information in the form of a blog post.
, saying that it is good and that it is helpful for the bride’s father, hence allowing for the marriage to occur quickly and smoothly, others contested and said that the practice is thoroughly exploited as it violates the human rights of women; and this abuse is especially blatant in the settled areas in the agricultural belt, as well as among the middle/upper class Pashtuns.
Thus, the practice of has now become more of a burden rather than a sign of “prestige” for many families.
And there could perhaps be many reasons for this: 1) It is too dangerous a topic and may put a researcher’s life at risk as the issue is very “culturally sensitive” and Pashtuns may not take too kindly to “outsiders” invading into their space and writing about something that may further degrade them (as a race); 2) As researchers, we could put the lives of the victims further at risk if we were to intervene by trying to interview them about how they ended up in the sex trade, granted the researcher even allowed access to the victims; 3) Sex trafficking could be a new phenomenon, and it could be possible that it wasn’t considered an issue in the region a few decades ago, as compared to now, where more and more people are starting to realize what a dire issue it is and how degrading it is to force young women and girls into the sex trade.
The famous three-day Shandur Polo Festival will be held in Pakistan from 29 to 31 July 2016.
The highlight of the festival, features polo games played between arch-rival teams of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The language of the Kalash is a sub-branch of the Indo-Aryan group, itself part of the larger Indo-Iranian family.
It is classified as a member of the Chitral sub-group, the only other member of that group being Khowar.