Poverty and male dominant society are not the hurdles for the success of a GB Women.

Poverty and male dominant society are not the hurdles for the success of a GB Women.


I don’t feel ashamed to say that I belong
to a poor family from a remote area of Gilgit-Baltistan. My father had migrated from Ladakh Kargil
to Baltistan. We are seven sisters and have no brother. My parents moved to Skardu for our education. When I was in 8th grade, my father passed
away and it was really tough time for my mother to survive in a male dominant society with
seven daughters. My mother remained courageous and supported
us to get an education. After my Matriculation, I got married to a
very fine man who supported me throughout my journey. My husband was also a student and we both
were studying. There was no college in Skardu at that time,
so I had to take private exams. I did private FA and BA and then B.Com. At that time, there were only 2 girls in GB
who did B.Com. After B.Com, I did diploma in Women’s Studies. In 1990, there was no trend for girls doing
a job and people considered it against norms. Many relatives turned out against me but my
husband and my mother encouraged me on every step and I joined AKRSP as a field coordinator. I socially worked for 14 years and in 2005,
I got a chance to run for an election of MNA. A cleric from opposition declared ‘Fatwa’
against me but I remained persistent and let people know that women can also be good leaders. I contested for general elections and became
the first woman MNA from Gilgit Baltistan. While I was happy and inclining towards success,
Cancer got me. I have never given up and cancer was just
another chapter of my life. I fought against the blood cancer and survived. After that, I promised to God that I’ll dedicate
my life for humanity which I am doing. I now work as a legal advisor at ‘Access to
Justice’. I introduced women entrepreneurship in GB
to empower them. I had to face lots of challenges during my
journey. People always tried to create hurdles in my
path but I kept on moving. I am a housewife, a proud mother of 5 daughters
and a son, and a social worker working for the betterment of people.

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