Blog – Women behind the closed doors

Nobody can disagree with the fact that there can be no family without a woman, no livable house without a woman. May it be the urban or the rural women, they tend to keep the household intact. Their minds can deal with the maintenance of commodities, apportionment of allotted expenses, and regulation of monetary savings. Then, what is it that they can’t contribute to the society since they are already running an effective micro arrangement of their own? The women of Pakistan living in cities have somewhat evolved against patriarchal bearings of the country to realize their potentials. However, the marginalized women of rural areas are yet seen behind the closed doors. We are talking about second-rated education to inadequate nourishment to less or no opportunities for work and biases that they confront for being women is highly intolerable. If one can see the lives of rural women closely, everything is self explanatory.

Rooster crows to the rising sun and the rural women jolt awake their husbands to the morning breakfast. They clean off their verandahs, feed animals in their small corrals, and milk cows for their family’s nutrition. After that, they see off their husbands denoting whatever is left of the day as a sit tight for their companions to return. On the other hand, rural girls wake up to their mother’s voices and do little chores within their set boundaries; not to mention most of them have no schools to go to or they aren’t permitted to study. There is no such work that elevates their potentials or self-growth, and there is no remunerative meaning these closed doors can really give to the rural women let alone a purposeful life.

It is comprehended that our framework is to blame, yet would we be able to truly modify something that has opposed change in last 70 years, and furthermore caused serious episodes upon any socioeconomic development of these women.  May be our approach requires a repositioning now. Rather, investing our time in molding traditionalist mindsets, we need to offer opportunities that favor the current situations of these women. It is broadly observed that the women in rural areas keep themselves occupied in weaving, embroidery and stitching at home. Hence, providing those women with prospects of income generation through their creativity can prompt a superior comprehension of their value. Perhaps, it can make them active individuals of the society too.  Abating poverty through these marginalized women will automatically question the dominant ideology of patriarchy in our culture. It might appear like a long shot, yet it is something that can really work.

The preceding governments have been unable to diversify policies to overhaul the conditions of these women under the pressure of some cynical religious clerics, and thus, poverty embedded deeper in these areas than before. Therefore, fighting poverty with the help of these women artisans can eventually lead to a sense of equality in the society.