A Simorgh Diary
Every year Simorgh brings out a very informative diary. The annual diary is issue based and covers a wide range of topics. Some of the subjects from the past years include women’s participation in political and public life in Pakistan, female performing artists, women’s writings, etc.
In December 1987, Simorgh held a 24-day screen printing workshop with fourteen women from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and two resource persons. The women who participated in this workshop were essentially activists and grassroots workers. The motivating idea behind it was to provide the opportunity for both an exchange of experience and information and to teach screen printing, partly for income generation purposes, but, primarily to empower women with a skill that would enable them to create their own images for use in posters and other information dissemination material. This booklet grew out of this workshop and is comprised of images and poetry.
In our own Backyard
In April 1987, Simorgh held a 10-day screen printing workshop in Lahore. The idea behind this workshop was to teach women a home-based income generation skill and to break the hold of the idea that women are incapable of doing any work which is not connected directly with nurturing and domestic chores. Ten women from the grassroots level and two resource people took part in this workshop. At the end of the workshop the participants printed a 6-colour poster. In our own backyard is a screen printing manual which grew out of this workshop and was written by the resource person and two of the participants.