Designer Ali Xeeshan teams up with UN Women to challenge child marriage in Pakistan

The image of this young girl was a shock to the system and went viral on social media. (Photo courtesy: UN Women)
Updated 17 December 2017
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Designer Ali Xeeshan teams up with UN Women to challenge child marriage in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At this year’s Pantene Bridal Couture Week, the king of putting on a show, Ali Xeeshan, used his platform to shine a spotlight on the epidemic of child marriages in Pakistan.
Hand in hand with UN Women, Ali’s finale had a young, school-aged girl dressed in a school uniform outfitted with bridal trappings, like borders and embroidery, walk the ramp. Adorned in the traditional jewels that, for generations, have marked one as a bride and with henna-painted hands, the image of this young girl was a shock to the system and went viral on social media.
Last year, Ali used his platform at bridal week to highlight the issue of forced marriage in Pakistan. This year, the tackling of the issue comes from the lack of improvement in the circumstances surrounding child marriage in Pakistan, even when there are countless organizations and groups fighting to change laws regarding it.
According to the UN Women’s official press release on the collaboration, Pakistan’s Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) sets the legal age of marriage as 16 for women and 18 for men, but it is still estimated that more than 20 percent of women are married off before the age of 18 and three percent overall do not even cross the age of 15 before they get married. There have been efforts to increase the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18 for women across the nation, but this has faced criticism and resistance.
Jamshed Kazi, country representative for UN Women Pakistan, said: “It’s astounding how women aren’t allowed to drive or vote before the age of 18 and at the same time, they’re forced into this lifelong commitment way before they reach that age.”
The show was followed up by UN Women’s website directing people to head to www.thebridaluniform.com and urging those stopping by to learn more and sign a petition urging Pakistan’s Parliament to push the issue and have the marriage age for women to be upped to 18.
Proceeds from Ali Xeeshan’s collection will be donated to Pirbhat Women’s Development Society and Sujag Sansar, organizations striving to end violence against women and working against child marriages in Pakistan.


Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty comes to the Kingdom

Rihanna's beauty line will be sold at Sephora stores. (AFP)
Updated 19 April 2018
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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty comes to the Kingdom

DUBAI: Make-up lovers in the Kingdom have every reason to celebrate as US superstar and entrepreneur Rihanna is dropping her Fenty Beauty line in the country today.

Fenty Beauty, named 2017’s best innovation by Time Magazine, will be available in Sephora stores in the Kingdom on April 19.

Rihanna launched the beauty line in September, with a promise to make all women feel included.

“Fenty Beauty was created for everyone: For women of all shades, personalities, attitudes, cultures, and races. I wanted everyone to feel included, that’s the real reason I made this line,” she said at the time of the launch.

If you’re in the Kingdom and gearing up to make a dash to Sephora, moisturize and prime your face and read on for the five must-haves from Rihanna’s beauty line.

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

A soft matte foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. This product comes in 40 shades

Stunna Lip Paint

A weightless, long-lasting liquid lipstick with a matte finish. The shade is said to work on a multitude of skin tones.

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

You can use this product as a highlighter or blusher and it comes in 10 colorful shades

Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

A slim lipstick with a longwearing, soft matte finish, created in 14 color-intense shades.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Lip gloss with explosive shine in one universal rose nude shade.

Twitter fans have already shared their excitement on social media.