By Samira Shackle - 13 January 12:01
Increasingly, some of the most vulnerable people in our society, such as young people in care, the homeless and migrants, are being forced to represent themselves.
By Samira Shackle - 06 December 10:39
Ahmed Kathrada went to jail with Nelson Mandela, and in Mandela's later years sometimes acted as his spokesperson.
By Samira Shackle - 12 November 14:02
It is astonishing that “Muslims”, and Muslim women, are so frequently spoken about as a monolithic block. If you actually listen to what Muslim women have to say on the subject, you find that many of them have no difficulty reconciling their faith with th
By Samira Shackle - 31 October 13:34
“The trial in the Mumbai gang-rape case has opened to a drowsy and ill-attended courtroom, without the crush of reporters who documented every twist in a similar case in New Delhi in which a woman died after being gang-raped on a private bus.”
By Samira Shackle - 03 October 15:37
Two years ago, Sayeeda Warsi warned that anti-Muslim prejudice had “passed the dinner table test” and become socially acceptable. Yet we still debate whether Islamophobia exists at all.
By Samira Shackle - 13 September 11:49
Media narratives and the stereotypes they employ matter because they frame the way the world understands events. The reporting of Middle Eastern conflicts has the potential power to impact western political responses.
By Samira Shackle - 05 September 9:31
As the US withdrawal from Afghanistan approaches, what will happen to Bagram prison, where many prisoners are held without charge, trial, or even access to a lawyer?
By Samira Shackle - 21 August 12:15
Travel through Pakistan is intimately segregated by class, writes Samira Shackle. If you're rich, you just keep driving.
By Samira Shackle - 15 August 8:45
Pakistan’s militant and extremist organisations are increasingly aware of the importance of the internet, says Samira Shackle.
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22
What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?
By Samira Shackle - 13 May 12:51
The general election in Pakistan saw the largest voter turnout since the 1970s. But what of the accusations of vote-rigging and violence, and what does the future hold for Imran Khan?
By Samira Shackle - 10 May 13:10
Samira Shackle talks to members of the Ahmadiyya, a minority numbering 4 million. The Ahmadis are branded as "non-Muslims", suffer violent attacks on their mosques and will boycott this weekend's elections.
By Samira Shackle - 09 May 14:30
The Hazara are a Shia minority who face constant persecution in Pakistan. Ruquiya Hashmi - the first female Hazara candidate for the national assembly - faces death threats daily.
By Samira Shackle - 08 May 14:18
With Khan laid low by an accident at a rally, Samira Shackle reports on his campaign so far.
By Samira Shackle - 07 May 10:35
The Pakistani trans community is unlike the West's: <em>hijras</em>, as they are known, consider themselves a third gender, neither male nor female, and refer to themselves as "shemale". Samira Shackle meets Pakistan's first <em>hijra</em> electoral candi
By Samira Shackle - 03 May 10:43
Ali was gunned down in Islamabad’s G9 area this morning as he drove to a court hearing for the Bhutto case.
By Samira Shackle - 25 April 16:09
As the country gears up for its first ever democratic transition, the secular liberal parties have been threatened into silence.
By Samira Shackle - 15 April 11:06
Throwing acid, along with other forms of gender-based violence, is endemic in Pakistan and elsewhere. Often, the victims are already disenfranchised, poor, and from conservative backgrounds - they have nowhere else to turn.
By Samira Shackle - 02 April 15:53
"I want to reach the assembly to become a voice for women, especially those living in the tribal areas."
By Samira Shackle - 25 March 11:32
It's set to be a tight race, and nothing - not even assassination - is beyond the realms of possibility.
By Samira Shackle - 19 March 11:27
There are still challenges to be overcome, but merely surviving is something of an achievement.
By Samira Shackle - 28 February 13:23
Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, is under police investigation for alleged blasphemy after making the case on television for the law to be re-examined and for the death penalty to be removed.
By Samira Shackle - 18 February 16:46
"I gave up hope that I would ever see my wife and children again."
By Samira Shackle - 29 January 12:02
The Pakistani province is beset with violence.
By Samira Shackle - 15 January 10:49
As protesters demanding delayed elections gather in Islamabad, a warrant for the PM's arrest is issued and sceptics call foul play.
By Samira Shackle - 11 January 12:17
Translating "watershed" moments into action is almost impossible in a misogynist society with an under-equipped police force.
By Samira Shackle - 04 December 9:21
While politicians shy away from watering down official discrimination, the situation isn't going to improve.
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 15:25
The threat of terror attacks in Pakistan make things difficult sometimes, but life goes on with good humour and pragmatism.
By Samira Shackle - 09 November 9:15
Samira Shackle interviews Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, one of the directors of the Oscar-winning documentary "Saving Face".