Tangible Thought Experiment

Kaarvan Crafts Foundation celebrated International Rural Women’s Day by engaging with the whole community both rural and urban women through series of workshops held at various institutions on topic of feminism in Pakistan in order to deconstruct, unlearn and reflect upon our existing ideas of gender. Through workshops defined as tangible thought experiments, Kaarvan is hoping to address the problem of “otherness” by engaging in story telling and dialogue in order to better envision/ imagine the reality of “other” people or our rural neighbors. Everyone has the right to express themselves. In Pakistan this right is mostly claimed and coveted by the elite — people with power who create our norms, our standards, our narrative. Our objective is quite simple we aim to explore diversity and commonalities through the medium of open dialogue, photo-study, and playful activities. These workshops are an attempt at inclusion — where rural women can speak for themselves.

Kasur

In Kasur, the photo-study activity turned out to be an effective means through which the women’s perceptions of city and village life became visible. There seemed to be an understanding that urban life is superficial and materialistic.

BNU

Dialogue disclosed that social pressures are present in both sides but the contextual manifestations are different. In villages household responsibilities takes precedence but in an urban lifestyle in addition to household responsibilities the women are trying to balance their personal career responsibilities with social life.

LUMS

In LUMS the topics of freedom, dress, color and education were raised. How to overcome the culture of nepotism? How to dismantle hierarchy? What steps to take to materialize one’s dreams? Possibilities of group solidarity to help actualize each other dreams were envisioned.

Kasur

In Kasur, the photo-study activity turned out to be an effective means through which the women’s perceptions of city and village life became visible. There seemed to be an understanding that urban life is superficial and materialistic.

BNU

Dialogue disclosed that social pressures are present in both sides but the contextual manifestations are different. In villages household responsibilities takes precedence but in an urban lifestyle in addition to household responsibilities the women are trying to balance their personal career responsibilities with social life.

LUMS

In LUMS the topics of freedom, dress, color and education were raised. How to overcome the culture of nepotism? How to dismantle hierarchy? What steps to take to materialize one’s dreams? Possibilities of group solidarity to help actualize each other dreams were envisioned.

Tangible Thought Experiment
Jab tak humaray andar khud ko manwanay k quwat nae hoge…
Ilm ki kami hai…
gaon main awarenss ki zarurat hai bas…
Tangible Thought Experiment - Agar Hum
Agar hum apne ghar se he start karein sochbadalna
tu ahistaahista badalao aye ga.

Jab tak humaray andar khud ko manwanay k quwat nae hoge…
Ilm ki kami hai…
gaon main awarenss ki zarurat hai bas…

Agar hum apne ghar se he start karein sochbadalna
tu ahistaahista badalao aye ga.

Key Insights

Interaction

Interaction

Sharing of individual stories between urban and rural women helped erase some bias and assumptions of city and village life.

Awareness

Awareness

In terms of gender responsibilities and women’s resilience there isn’t much difference between city and village life. In villages there is a lack of facilities and critical literacy that is needed for self-awareness and the mobilization of more local action.

Opportunity

Opportunity

Playful open dialogue workshop created opportunities for interaction between different social classes to share local knowings, local action and outcomes.