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51 % The Women's Perspective

51% Show #1350


On this week’s 51%, women and children freed from Boko Haram face difficult times returning home; human rights activist and author Rafia Zakaria talks about unheard female voices in Pakistan; and a woman finds comfort in a veterans comedy boot camp.

Concerns grow about former BokoHaram captives who have returned home. Necessary care needed to help these traumatized victims suffering physically and mentally is lacking. A series of victories over BokoHaram in recent months has seen a number of captives being freed, but life is difficult for those returning home. DW Correspondent Jan-Philipp Scholz has this report as he visited those freed living in a camp in Nigeria, a report presented by Susan Houlton. 

That was Susan Houlton presenting a report by DW Radio Correspondent Jan-Philipp Scholz. Amnesty International estimates more than 2,000 women and girls have been abducted since the beginning of last year.  


 RafiaZakaria serves on the board of directors for Amnesty International. She is an author, attorney, and human rights activist who has worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence around the world. She was raised in Kurachi, Pakistan and now lives in the U.S. Her book, The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, tells the parallel stories of her family and country, exploring the complicated aftermath of Pakistan’s shift toward a more conservative culture. Zakaria emphasizes the often unheard female voices of her country and uses her personal story to serve as a metaphor for Pakistan’s complex political state. She spoke with 51%'s Joe Donahue.  

A new course dreamed up by students at the College of William & Mary in Virginia called Veterans Comedy Boot Camp is bringing laughter and storytelling to a classroom designed just for veterans. Lilia Fuquen explains.  

And that’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. 

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