Women have never been behind or lacking; they simply either weren’t given the same opportunities or a safe environment to thrive. Pakistani women have brought much glory to this country. They have excelled in so many fields, be it STEM, sports or academia. The women of Pakistan are capable and intelligent.
One such lady continues to inspire the women by setting a great example. She runs a small burger joint in Rawalpindi, Scheme 3 opp Tehzeeb Bakers. A 50-year-old mother of three and a wife of a sick husband is doing all she can to pay for the expenses. Truly, there is no stopping a woman with determination. Taking up a male-dominated space where running stalls by females are looked down upon; Sabeela bibi is doing all she can in her power to support the education of her three children including covering the medical expenses of her ailing husband, with complete dignity and self-respect.
“I told my husband, who has stomach, liver and kidney problems, that he should rest and I will work,” – Sabeela Bibi to a local news channel.
Her burgers are local’s favorite and they keep coming back for more. There are many women who out of necessity choose to run food stalls along roadsides but we as a community need to understand that the progressive countries have women contributing in all kinds of businesses. There is nothing wrong with selling food on a road; it is as much of a dignified job as a white-collar one.
So we as a community need to not just support these strong-willed ladies running food joints but also encourage other women to consider this as an option to earn a livelihood. There’s still a small chunk of women contributing to the workforce and with the expertise they possess, Pakistan can truly gain the momentum it needs to progress.
The concerned authorities including the government should create safe spaces and consultation programmes, where women like Sabeela who are in their 50’s can learn and grow as a professional and a businesswoman.
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