Kishwar Naheed

(1940 / Bulandshahr / India)

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Kishwar Naheed (Urdu: کشور ناہید), Sitara-e-Imtiaz is an Urdu poet from Pakistan known for her pioneering feminist poetry.

Life and Family

Born in 1940 in a Syed family of Bulandshahr, India, Kishwar was a witness to the violence (including rape and abduction of women) associated with partition, and herself moved with her family to Pakistan in 1949.

Kishwar had to fight to receive an education at a time when women did not go to school; she studied at home and obtained a high school diploma through correspondence courses, but went on to receive a masters degree in Economics from Punjab University, Lahore.

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  • Rookie Azhar Chughtai (7/4/2014 8:58:00 AM)

    Naheed is our country's best poet. She wrote very good books. I know her since more than 40 years from Lahore. While she was living in Krishan Nagar. She is our family friend. Wish you happy and blessed Ramazan.

    If possible, please send me miss call from Lahore.

    Best Regads, Azhar Chughtai 96-503494790

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Best Poem of Kishwar Naheed

We Sinful Women

It is we sinful women
who are not awed by the grandeur of those who wear gowns

who don't sell our lives
who don't bow our heads
who don't fold our hands together.

It is we sinful women
while those who sell the harvests of our bodies
become exalted
become distinguished
become the just princes of the material world.

It is we sinful women
who come out raising the banner of truth
up against barricades of lies on the highways
who find stories of persecution piled on each threshold
who find that tongues which could speak have been ...

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