Volume 18 Issue 462-Jamadi ul II 27, 1439 AH March 16, 2018

   :: Ladies Corner
::About International Women’s Day (8 March)
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
What colours signify international Women’s Day?
Internationally, purple is a colour for symbolising women. Historically the combination of purple, green and white to symbolise women’s equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolises hope. White represents purity, but is no longer used due to ‘purity’ being a controversial concept. The introduction of the colour yellow representing a ‘new dawn’ is commonly used to signify a second wave of feminism. Thus purple with green represents traditional feminism, purple with yellow represents progressive contemporary feminism.
International Women’s Day timeline journey 2018 and beyond
The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation may feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements. IWD is an official holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.
A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Many global corporations actively support IWD by running their own events and campaigns. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google often changes its Google Doodle on its global search pages to honor IWD. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status.
So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

::Your Qualities & Strengths
Shabnam Khan – Family Counsellor
It can be easy to appreciate your strengths - your sense of humor, your generosity, or your analytical skills. And it is also easy to get down on yourself for having various personality traits you perceive as weaknesses - maybe you are quick to anger or always running late. Instead of getting down on yourself for your weaknesses try instead to reframe them as something positive - as traits that make you uniquely you.
•Make a list of all your strengths. Include the big ones that are huge components of your personality, like your patience, all the way down to the small things you are good at. See how many great qualities you contribute to the world!
•Now make a list of all your weaknesses. Write down things you don’t like about your personality or you feel are negative traits.
•Look at your list of weaknesses. Think about ways you could see those weaknesses as positives. For example, say one of your weaknesses is that you think you talk too much. You could reframe this to a positive as, “It’s easy for me to express my opinion.” “I’m too sensitive” could be reframed as, “I have empathy for others.”
Stay true to yourself. To appreciate and accept yourself, it is important to know who you are. It may be helpful to identify your personal values. Knowing what is important to you and making decisions based on your personal values helps you be authentic and appreciate your true self. Make sure your values are your own and you are not simply taking on the values of your friends or family. Figure out what is important to you.
•Explore which values are important to you and write them down. A concrete list of your values may help you recognize when you are being inauthentic to yourself and your values.
•You may feel like other people may not like you if they see the “real” you. It may be helpful for you to explore these feelings with someone you trust or by writing in a journal. Determine when you feel most yourself and when you feel the need to pretend to be someone else, and explore the differences between those situations.
•If you feel you cannot be yourself around certain friends or family, perhaps because you fear being made fun of, then it may be a sign that you fear rejection about revealing your true self.
•The first step to changing your behavior is noticing when you do it. Pay attention and later, spend some time reflecting on what triggered your behavior in a particular situation. It may take a while for you to feel comfortable enough to be your authentic self around other people. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t do it right away.
Avoid comparisons. Comparing yourself to others can leave you feeling discouraged and judgmental. Remember, you generally see only a piece of others’ everyday lives (particularly on social media). Comparing yourself to someone will only set you up for disappointment and feeling bad about yourself.
•Measure your growth by comparing yourself to who you were in the past instead. For example, think about your life 10 years ago. Has it changed? Have you acquired new skills, new relationships, or left dysfunctional life patterns behind? If you feel you have stagnated, take some steps to make some positive changes in your life.
•You can also look at your life now and imagine what you would like it to look like five or 10 years in the future. If you dream of getting a promotion at work in a few years, for example, what can you do today to start making progress towards your goals? Working toward a goal can help you to feel more self-worth and in control of your life.
It’s never too later to start living your own dreams!!
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::What is a Columnist?

Columnist is someone who regularly prepares brief essays and commentaries for publication. Columnists may work for broadcast media in radio and television, but they are more commonly associated with the print media, in the form of newspapers and magazines. A columnist is a type of journalist, but he or she is not required to adhere to expected journalistic ethics of neutrality, and a column does not necessarily contain news.Columnists usually write on a regular schedule, producing material for publication on a weekly, monthly, or daily basis. They appear in the same section every time they are published, usually under the same heading, such as “News and Notes” for a columnist who provides information about community events. They may write under their own names or under a pseudonym, such as “Miss Manners” for the noted etiquette columnist otherwise known as Judith Martin. Some columnists write specifically for syndication, while others work for a particular news organization, and their columns may be reprinted by permission from the organizations they work for.
Originally, columnists focused primarily on humorous pieces, which might include political satire, jokes, or other forms of humor to lighten the news and keep readers occupied and engaged. Over time, columnists began to expand their offerings, and they can be found writing on food, fashion,gossip, and lighthearted community news. A columnist may work as a critic, writing a regular column on a topic of interest such as film or art.
Some columnists use letters from readers as a core part of their column. Advice columnists, for example, take requests for advice and assistance from readers, responding to them in a regular column. A columnist can also use a column as an educational forum; for example, a gardening column might include answers to questions about plant identifications from readers. Reader submissions can also be used to distribute information or coordinate community exchanges.
Editorials are also commonly presented in a column format. In an editorial commentary, a columnist is generally quite opinionated, discussing an ongoing issue or news items. Editorial columnists can also write endorsements for elections, provide information for citizens who want to get involved in particular causes, or provide a forum for debate, as in the case of a publication which has two columnists of opposing views who duel over a topic in a jointly-produced column.
Working as a columnist requires good writing skills and a strong work ethic, because the day to day burden of producing a column can be quite significant. Some columnists start out as journalists, while others may be asked to consider becoming a columnist because of their expertise in a field. An economist, for example, might be invited to produce a weekly column on economic issues for the readers of a newspaper.

::Khadija Naseer (Miracle’s Sub Editor)
I am working with Miracle by the day one when Mr. Naseer Pirzada joined the Miracle Media with Mr. Nusrat Husian in June 2002. But officially joined as an sub editor, Urdu editor and typist in 2014 after my retirement of professional technical job.
My background is:
•Master in Chemistry from Punjab University
•Worked as Lecturer at International College, Alkhober Saudi Arabia for 10 years.
•Worked as lecturer at King Faisal University of Dammam Saudi Arabia for 7 years.
•Migrated to Canada in 1997. Post graduated with distinction from Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology with Diploma in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
•Graduated from BCIT in Occupational Health and Safety program with distinction
•Worked as QC/QA specialist, QC manager in all major pharmaceutical companies of Vancouver for 10 years.
•Worked as Occupational Health and Safety Documentation Specialist in Downtown Vancouver for two years.
•Voluntarily assist in writing, editing and compiling articles for Miracle newspaper since 2005.
::Dr. Huma Mir (Miracle’s Writer)
Dr. Huma Mir is a media celebrity who successfully established herself as a leading TV Actor, Anchor, Columnist and Writer. She is a Medical Graduate with a Masters Degree in Urdu Literature. She also holds Advanced Diploma in Communication Studies.
She was only 5 when she started participating in Bachon Ki Duniya & Tote Batote on Radio Pakistan and in famous Music Shows for kids Saat Suron ki Duniya by Sohail Rana on Pakistan Television.
Up till now she has performed in numerous television dramas in leading roles. Some of her famous plays include Palay Shah, Wapsi, Waqt Ka Aasman, Padash, Barish Ke Baad, Sargam Time, Monsoon, Khwab Azab, Musafatein, Rafta Rafta and Jeet. She has also been anchoring TV Shows on diversified topics. News Morning, News Night, Dateline Sindh on PTV, Aacha Such on ARY and Subhe Pakistan Morning Show on Geo are just a few to mention.
Dr. Huma is an active member of Canada Urdu Association and Iqbal Academy of BC. She is author of two books. As a columnist she is contributing to Miracle Vancouver. Her TV Show Dil Apna Pakistan is telecasted on Shaw twice weekly.

::Anything Is Within Your Reach

Shabnam Khan – Family Counsellor
There is nothing that is difficult or easy but it is only our perception that makes it look so. Any work seen as a whole, may be threatening but when divided into parts, becomes simple and easy. Instead of being dazed by the magnitude of the task, start working and even if you do a little everyday, within a short period of time you will be surprised by your achievements.
The problem with many of us is that even at an initial stage we are baffled by the enormity of the task and give it up as an easy way escape. If we are sincere in undertaking a job, we would analyse ways and means of doing it. Lack of sincerity and erroneous perception often frightens us from undertaking any task. When we have strong willpower, the goal alone will remain constant in our memory and every challenge that comes our way, will convert into an opportunity for achieving our objective.
As we are conditioned by external influences, both environmental and individual, sometimes some unfavorable events happen on which we have no control. These unfavorable events make a negative impact on our effects and may throw us into a despondent mood. The best thing is to face situations, work out a strategy to get over difficulties and with will power go ahead with life. Such an approach to take on challenges is called character, which is essential for achievements in life.
What is important is your perception of things and situations. It is the faith in our ability to retrieve lost ground and the action we take which are two important things that makes any achievement possible. Thinking and planning are essential but without positive action, all the time spent on planning would be wasted. In the absence of strong will, we easily get shattered by negative events that cross the paths of our endeavor.
We must have absolute confidence in ourselves and that alone will bring out our inner strength. There is no point in asking ourselves, “Will it be possible for me?” Instead of doubting your capability, repeat the statement
“It is possible for me”. Anything and Everything Is Within Your Reach.
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By: Asma Shums, Mortgage Broker
Some Interesting Observations Of People
Who changes D.P often : unstable
Small status : contented
Doesnot share : stingy
Sends own post further : good in marketing
Sends same post again and again : shamelessly brave
Did u enjoy this observations, smiled ? good . we all are so much addicted to search or check or find information for anything under the sun from internet. Any topic all the information one needs or not is at ones fingertips . all the information with details , reviews , followers etc is infront of you. When we search anything on google or net its like small crash course on the subject. Its quick , easy, informative, detailed, helpful and lot more and worldwide.
Assistant 24/7
Its like having assistant at no cost , just you need is internet and p.c. or phone its enough.
Do u want to plan a vacation and you do not even know where can you go, just ask personal yet universal wonder , google... net ...such sites done , u get all details
Start a new business : yes post pictures and details on instagram, facebook, you tube etc and kabhum you start getting clients
Matrimonial, business ,your blogs , medicine ,entertainment , study, you name the topic under the sun and you get it.It has really connected the world, people, and things at large. It has made many things possible which were out of reach before. Do you want to read particular book or listen to your favourite speaker or watch something , no problem just click...
Some shades of grey
All said and done, all good BUT BUT BUT it has taken our thinking power up to certain extent. When it has brought world near , it has made our own family and friends world apart. Now a days when family is together be it at dinner or outing or anyplace everybody is on phone . when somebody is saying something nobody is interested , oh we can find out all on net.... don’t waste your time and mine. There is no normal conversation anymore. Thus less funny or sweet moments. Eventhough things , information are mase easily available nobody has time or patience, please come to the point ...whats bottomline ? it has taken the rich pleasure of leisurely enjoying the life and small matters.
Balancing both
We are at that stage of advanced modern life that we can not live well without all advance technology , we can not shun it out of our life or hate or ignore it. What we can do is respect it as much it deserves,use it but let not it use US.
We can refer but not make it our ultimate source. We should not take all the opinions and act on it blindly. Nobody can live or understand our life , neither can we theirs. So sense of right or wrong , applicable to us or not , some sensible thinking is required. We have to set boundaries, limits for the use of this gadgets .
We have to give impotance to books, nature , people and simple ways of life too. We have to ride the vehicle, we can not let vehicle ride us.
We do not know sometimes what to do with free time when we do get.we will immediately either watch something or surf something but we will not think of going for a walk or meeting friends, or relatives or some hobby or some activity. The irony of modern life is we have to take help of same machines which we are trying to avoid for some short time. Atleast lets be aware of sideeffects of using or rather relying too much on such technological device instead we should take their help only when needed and live our life simply, with proper attention to people in our life, nature and world and surroundings in general.

::Nafisa Siddiqi (Miracle’s Writer)

It is quite an interesting challenge to write about oneself. It is the task of exploring the whole amazing world about oneself.
I am Nafisa Siddiqui, who’s heart lies in both Pakistan and British Columbia, Canada. Though I am now a proud Canadian my parents were from Lucknow India ,who settled in Karachi after partition.
I studied in Nazareth college Hyderabad, and graduated in Science from Sindh University, Hyderabad, Pakistan. My dream was to become a doctor, a dream that sadly never came true. I am a certified aromatherapist and natural care consultant from Douglas College Vancouver.
By profession I am an enthusiastic all rounder. I was a teacher in Pakistan College Sharjah, U.A.E. I was not only loved by my students but respected by their parents.
I was a well known fashion designer in Karachi Pakistan, representing Pakistani women on international levels. I was running my own boutique before moving to Canada.
I also worked with Dr.Azam as a drug addiction councilor for couple of years in Karachi.
As a writer I write stories and poetry in Urdu and Articles in English about history, political and common social issues that we are faced with in our day to day lives.
I got married and was blessed with four kids. Typically in our culture a women’s life is done after marriage, especially a mother of four kids, but not for me. Every new day I find a new me waiting to do something new, exploring my inner self. I never stick to old ideas but I hold past experiences close to my heart, as well as my failure and my stumbles. I have always been determined not to repeat any mistake. I raise my bar higher for life challenges after every defeat, always planting my feet firmly on the ground and my desire to find my hidden talents unfazed.
I have worn many hats in my life, a writer, debater, teacher, councilor, designer, therapist and the list goes on. One thing I have learned from my life experiences, is that confidence doesn’t come only with your appearance, but it comes from your heart when you realize real value of yourself.


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