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Aliza Brohi ... A Ray of Hope for Girl Education in Pakistan



       ایک پاگل لڑکی !


ALiza Brohi, Saving Future Girls School


جن کے مظبوط ارادے ہوں پہچان اُن کی
منزلیں آپ ہی ہوجاتی ہیں آسان اُن کی
وہ پرندے جنہیں منزل کی لگن ہوتی ہے
ایک پرواز مسلسل ہی  ہے پہچان   اُن کی



علیز ہ کا نام سُنتے ہی یہ شعر بے اختیار میرے ذہن میں در آتاہے۔ جی ہاں علیزہ بروہی ایک دبلی پتلی درمیانہ قد کی لڑکی جس کے بُلند حوصلے اور مظبوط ارادے اُس کی بڑی بڑی خوبصورت آنکھوں سے صاف عیاں ہوتے ہیں۔بڑے بڑے لوگ بڑی بڑی باتیں کرتے رہ جاتے ہیں اور اس چھوٹی سی لڑکی نے ایک بہت بڑا کام صرف اپنی مسلسل کوششوں اور مظبوط ارادوں کے ساتھ مکمل کیا۔ گو کہ ابھی صرف پہلے سیڑھی پر قدم رکھا ہے لیکن کہتے کہیں کہ ہزاروں مِیل کا سفر صرف ایک قدم سے شروع ہوتا ہے۔


ایک ایسے معاشرے میں جہاں اچھے اچھے خاندانوں میں بھی لڑکیوں کی تعلیم کوغیر ضروری سمجھا جاتا ہو وہاں سڑکوں پربھیک مانگتی چھوٹی چھوٹی معصوم بچیوں کو سڑک سے اُٹھا کر اپنے گھر میں واقع ایک کمرے پر مشتمل اسکول میں لے کر آنے اور ان کو تعلیم دینے کیلئے اُس نے جو پریشانیاں اُٹھائیں اور جن رُکاوٹوں کا سامنا کیا، ہم اُن کا تصوّر بھی نہیں کرسکتے۔اُس ایک کمرے کے اسکول سے لے کر ایک چار کمرے کے اسکول تک کا سفر بلاشُبہ اس نے اپنے بلند اور مظبوط 
ارادوں کی مدد سے ہی طے کیا، لیکن یہ اُس کی منزل نہیں یہ تو آغاز ہے اُسے تو ابھی بہت آگے جانا ہے۔


سیونگ فیوچر کے نام سے بنے اس اسکول میں اس وقت ۱۰۰ سے زیادہ بچیاں تعلیم حاصل کر رہی ہیں۔ جہاں نہ صرف تعلیم مفت ہے بلکہ اس کے ساتھ بستے، کتابیں اور یونیفارم بھی اسکول سے فراہم کیا جاتا ہے۔ صرف اس لئے کہ ان کی تعلیم کا سلسلہ صرف اس لئے نہ ٹوٹ جائے کہ ان کے ماں باپ یہ اخراجات برداشت نہیں کرسکتے یا کرنا نہیں چاہتے۔ یہ تمام چیزیں فراہم کرنا علیزہ کے لئے جوئے شیر لانے سے کم نہیں تھا لیکن اس نے حو صلہ نہ  ہارا۔ کُچھ مُخیّر اور درد مند افراد نے بھی مدد کا ہاتھ آگے بڑھایا اور ناممکن کو ممکن بنانے میں مدد کی۔ لیکن ابھی اور آگے جانا ہے۔ علیزہ سے بات کرتے وقت میں نے اُس کے لب و لہجہ میں نہ صرف اُس کے ارادوں کی پُختگی دیکھی بلکہ اپنے اسکول کی بچیوں کیلئے اس کی بے لوث محبت بھی محسوس کی۔ اﷲ کرے کہ لڑکیوں کی تعلیم کے لئے اس کا جُنوں کبھی ختم نہ ہو اور اس چراغ سے چراغ جلتے رہیں۔


Are you ready for the Change ??


I read an Article in Daily Dawn under the heading " Women in White "  found it really interesting , written by Ambreen Arshad ,  share here for my online friends.

Women in White 

Women in Pakistan Navy 



Seafarers have always been men, in all eras and cultures — be it as merchants, explorers, pirates or defenders. Is it the sea or the isolation at sea that makes it unwise for men and women to work in close proximity for days and months? Whatever it is, breaking the glass ceiling in the navy is not the done thing, except for a few countries, such as the US, where females are on board naval vessels working in different, traditionally male, domains.
Thus, understandably, women in Pakistan Navy have no combat roles to play. They are inducted in supporting roles in departments deemed more suitable for the fairer sex, such as education, medical, public relations, information technology, law and logistics. When inducted in the Short Service Commission course, they may not have the same career paths as their male counterparts but these ladies undergo the same kind of nine-month intensive training at the Naval Academy, which they undertake along with men. They are required to flex a few muscles while undergoing tough physical training that includes running, sprint, rope climbing, rope skipping, horse riding and swimming. Sailing and handling small arms are also part of their training now.
In addition, they also participate in practical leadership exercises, sports and co-curricular activities to further enhance their skills and strength, making them more suitable for playing their roles, though supporting ones, in the armed forces. Short Service Commission is of five years that can be extended/converted into permanent commission.
The first batch of females was inducted in August 1997, which comprised six females who specialised as pharmacists, dieticians, public relations officers and statisticians, while the latest batch of commissioned officers to pass out on June 30, 2013, had 10 women. But much before these women joined Pakistan Navy through proper induction in a course, many female officers have donned the white uniform whenever their services have been required, to be part of the traditionally more female-friendly corps — education and medical. The largest number of females in Pakistan Navy are inducted in the education department, followed by medical, where many are graduates of Army Medical College, Rawalpindi.
Women in Pakistan Navy have attained the ranks of captain (which is equivalent to the rank of a full colonel in the army) and most of the high-ranking officers are part of the medical corps. Cadet Beenish Zaidi, on receiving the Commandant Gold Medal when passing out from the Naval Academy, has proved that, like in the other branches of the armed forces, women have also stood out during their training period in the navy.
While recent years have shown much progress for women in the other two branches of the armed forces, with women proving their mettle as paratroopers and fighter pilots, they will not be taking to the sea in the foreseeable future as defenders of our sea frontiers. Keeping them safely on land, serving supporting roles and finding their own niche in clearly defined areas of work is all that the navy can promise its female officers.
But who can blame them for this discrimination? It isn’t that they don’t have faith in the capabilities of their female officers — they just don’t have faith in their male officers. (Isn’t this true of all males in our society, a feminist may ask!) Until male attitudes and views change — probably when hell freezes over — this cannot change.

Who stops Pakistani women to Vote ?


A women cast her vote in a polling station


Who stops Pakistani women to Vote ?

 

Women's suffrage  ( is the right of women to vote and to run for office) has been achieved at various times in various countries throughout the world. In many countries women's suffrage was granted before universal suffrage, so women (and men) from certain classes or races were still unable to vote, while some granted it to both sexes at the same time. According to a timeline lists years when women's suffrage was enacted in various places.

Pakistan declared independence on the 14th of August 1947. In 1956 right to vote extended to national level, previously only literate women could vote,  yes according to Constitution of Pakistan women can vote,  they have equal rights - but in certain areas men do not allow them to go outside of the house to cast their vote. Women may face two distinct barriers to exercising their right to vote. First, costs of participation may be too high. Traditions or cultural stereotypes may discourage the exercise. Second, women may have fewer or poorer sources of information about the significance of political participation or the balloting process.  women are often not registered as voters because they face opposition from male household heads and that female turnout is low because women lack knowledge about the electoral system and about voting. wish to read more, click here.

Women constitute for more than fifty percent of the population of Pakistan. Their participation in the elections is vital to ensure election of right candidate. However if one looks at the women participation in the past elections a sad reality comes to light that their participation has been less than expected. The women in urban areas have to some extent participated in the elections and casted their votes however the percentage has been quite low. Even the highly educated women often stay away from casting their vote. In the rural areas the situation is even worse. Either the women do not cast their votes at all or they act on the advice of the male members of the family. This way often not so deserving candidates get elected and deserving ones lose. The low voter turnaround among women voters is further highlighted by the fact that in 2008 elections average male voter turnaround in the country was almost 49.8% while in women voters it was almost 39.7%.

Women really want to go outside but they're not allowed to. They are dependent on men. In big cities it is different but in some areas, traditions are very strong so they can't.

There are two very different realities. There are women who have become prominent figures in every field of life. They are ministers, members of national and provincial assemblies and political leaders, but on the other hand, there are other women who are the most oppressed class of society. There are many areas in the country where women are deprived from their right of casting votes including Mardan, Shangla and other area like Mianwali.  A modern history states that elders and religious leaders attempted to prevent female participation by threatening punishment against tribesmen whose women registered, leading to under-registration in the female population. In 2008, the Taliban ordered women in the FATA regions of Bajaur, Kurram and Mohmand not to vote under threat of "serious punishment," while Mangal Bagh, chief of the Lashkar-e-Islam, forbade women to vote in the Jamrud and Bara subdivisions of the Khyber Agency. Not only in KPK or tribal areas wherever we have feudal system or have a low or no literacy rate women not allowed to poll.

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A very good article to read about women polling, click here to read.

Dear readers, please feel free to write your comments as well as your suggestion to increase percentage of women voters in Pakistan.






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Fahmina Arshad is Blogger, Social Media Activist, Women Rights activist, women rights defender, feminist, women issues advisor and ambitious to work for Women Growth in Pakistan.

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