DESPARDES — A snapshot of affirmative action for women (besides transgenders, physically-challenged, etc.) in Pakistan reveals an uptick amid traditional and cultural resistance– hallmark of the region’s history for decades.
The trend had been like a Beethoven 5th Symphony though — in its resilience, while women performers with unlimited vitality continued during the decades despite all odds, sprouting as newsmakers — hallmark of a soft U-turn the country’s society is demonstrating –after a gap since the early 70s.
Since then, sports, print media, electronic, social media, entertainment–and even the law enforcement and the defense have opened its doors and provided enabling environment for them.
Namira Salim flying Pakistan flag on mountains and snow caps continues to make splashes with Pakistan flag and green band on her wrist.
According to Wikipedia, Salim “is the first Pakistani to have reached the North Pole in April 2017 and the South Pole in January 2008. She is the first Asian to skydive over Mount Everest, during the First Everest Skydives 2008.”
The country’s defense forces first opened its doors in early 2000s starting with female intakes as trainee fighter pilots. LEA’s followed.
Both areas were a kinda No No before that. Having Pakistani women jet pilots in the forces have made headlines and remains a niche among Air Forces worldwide.
Here’s the latest Pakistani newsmaker in the global village’s frontline news ecosystem: Samia Rehman, APP tweeted.
A Pakistan Army Major, Rehman has made her family and the nation give a thumbs up to her by winning the United Nations Special Representative for Secretary-General (SRSG) Certificate of the Year.
MONUSCO Force Acting Commander, General Thierry Lion, presented Samia with the certificate on behalf of SRSG for her exceptional performance in Mission Level Studies, Analysis, and valuable contributions, reported propakistani.
Pakistan, it said, is the biggest contributor of military troops in the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Newsmakers among the women in the country deserve a Yasir Shah – Fastest To 200 Test Wickets styled high five. Shah became one in the history of Test cricket, breaking an 82-year-old record.
And of course there’s Asma Jahangir – The Conscience of Pakistan and Meesha Shafi – The Face Of Pakistan’s #MeToo, according to Arab News.