By: ALINA HANIF
Karachi: Decades have swiftly passed since the first time a woman said to herself “I want to prove to the world that just because I am biologically different than a man, that doesn’t mean I’m incompetent!” Since that point of time, numerous female scholars from the past and the present have written books and published articles on the experiences of women in history, or as some say, “herstory”. If someone asked me if it has been entirely necessary for women to go around their way to voice their opinions and rights even till now, I’d say yes, but it depends on what topics are we raising our voices on.
In my opinion, women need to be heard on three matters; harassment, education, and career. Not many would agree to my limited list to which I’ve given approval to. But these three categories are much broader in reality. Harrassment, according to me, includes anything that leads to a woman feeling uncomfortable during an encounter with anyone, from staring at her from top to bottom without her consent, to manipulating her into believing that she is completely fine during harassment and that she has full consent. In matters pertaining to education, I support women who wish to pursuit higher studies in order to lead a more successful future that they have control of. Which leads me to the final category, career. If a woman has passion in earning a living by becoming an accountant, an artist, or even a hockey player, she should be free to do so as per her will. This would not strip her away of her femininity. Continue reading