OXFAM Post #4
Told my friend this is one of the beaches I went to in San Francisco back in 2017 and she was fooled! This is the Gadani beach in Balochistan; isn’t it absolutely breathtaking?
We went to this beach to relax after a long day of visiting villages in Lasbela, Balochistan. We met two families, and were pleasantly surprised to see economic empowerment amongst women! These women stitched traditional Balochi clothes and sold them in the city for Rs.6000-7000 a piece. They sent their girls to school, and informed us that if a middle school for girls was not made available in a few years, they would not hesitate to send their girls to a boys’ school in the area. They had big plans for their girls and it was so refreshing to witness this! .
After meeting these wonderful women, I thought long and hard about the meaning of empowerment and came to the conclusion that empowerment has a different meaning in each context. At the outset, one might say that these women were not empowered because they were not present in public spaces or had to observe the ‘pardah’ or veil. However, their definition of empowerment was moulded according to their religion and and cultural values, where they were not only running the household by themselves but taking bold steps to send their girls to school despite the obstacles they faced. That’s pretty much empowered, in my opinion. More power to these women! ❤️