Monday
15 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

We can support women’s activism, freedom, and visibility in public

Why must we wait for our mothers, sisters, and daughters to be at brink of collapse before we think about uplifting them?

When a child is born, the first human the new born baby forges a relationship with is a woman – the loving character of a mother. I don’t know how some people will relate to this, but women are the most important people in everyone’s life. I believe that a woman makes a shelter into a sweet home. From the beginning, women have been equally significant to any society as men. In our society, most families teach a male member that he has to achieve his goals without thinking about other responsibilities – cooking food, cleaning the house, washing clothes, and other household tasks.

It is in our observation that it’s not that simple or easy for female member of a family to live with just few tasks. They have to maintain a proper balance between their career struggles and have to look after their homes. We can see around us that life of a working woman is somehow tough. Their day-to-day struggle never reaches an end, not on weekends, not even on an average day of their job. As they complete their office tasks, they have more tasks to do, to cook food for their families, nurture their children, and handle different stuff besides maintaining a house as well as careful treatment to different characters of a family.

‘If you’re raised in a household that simply teaches you how to respect women around you, you’re already on your way to become a man clean from patriarchal values’

It is my firm believe that supporting women in your life and around you should come as natural as your own freedom does as a man. The first thing a man of value can do is to be in the company of true masculinity that doesn’t thrive upon belittling the opposite gender. I support women’s activism, freedom of choice and visibility in public by being the anchor that lifts them up further into the spotlight, fueling their ability to critically think by not just allowing them to act the way they deem fit but by providing them with the necessary tools on how to counter people who are still stuck in their old ways.

I’m a firm believer that the world is undergoing a major shift where it’s difficult for even men to survive. Why must we wait for our mothers, sisters, and daughters to be at the brink of collapse before we think about uplifting them? Give women the space to grow, it won’t harm your masculinity, rather it will be the reason this country will start a journey towards betterment. Stop allowing these young ladies to do what they are passionate about, instead be their guide and encourage them to make sound choices. Due to their strong role inside a family, women can shape a society while treating youngsters with all due care.

‘Put your honor in providing your daughters with support they need to battle taboos’

I believe that if you’re raised in a household that simply teaches you how to respect the women around you instead of setting their honor in the palm of your hand to play with, you’re already on your way to become a man clean from patriarchal values. We have to admit this fact that women aren’t weak. The circumstances and the environment makes one ‘weak’ and it’s our duty as a functioning part of the society to uplift the marginalized. I’ve done it by prioritizing my female colleagues in every field, encouraging them to be leaders who strive each day to build a better society with their skills.

I just want to remind parents and guardians that you won’t always be around to fend for the women in your circle, have the worst case scenario in your head and think. Will you hand them over to anyone when you’re not around simply because they’re women? Put your honor in providing your daughters with the support they need to battle the taboos. They should be able to survive on their own and be individuals. I promise this won’t make you less of a man. Just like you, teach your sons every technique to make it out alive in the wild. Do the same for the women around you by just listening and understanding their issues first. This world is made for all of us and it’s about time we learn how to share it.

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