Pakistani Woman Badam Zari Running for Parliament, Making History


A woman walks past the national flag of Pakistan, one of the worst places in the world to be a woman, according to a report from the World Economic Forum. (Photo: REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

A Pakistani housewife made history this week.

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Badam Zari is running for parliament.

She's the first woman from Pakistan's Federally-Administered Tribal Areas to do so.

The Tribal Areas, which border Afghanistan, are extremely conservative.

"She wants to fight for the rights of women," says Rahmanullah, of the BBC's Pashtu Service.

"She says she has not received any threats from the Taliban," he adds.