Women discuss ways for their empowerment at ‘Samanbal’

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By Fast Kashmir on 12/01/2018.

We must work for bringing change in society: Ezabir

Srinagar, Jan 11: Several women from different areas and with varied backgrounds met here on Wednesday to interact and discuss ways of their empowerment and achieving their rights.
Under the banner of ‘Samanbal’, the women ?which included activists, scholars, businesswomen and grassroots level politicians shared their societal stories of how they can empower themselves and take their struggle for achieving their rights forward.
The interaction programme was attended among others by academician and writer Dr Nyla Ali Khan, social activist Ezabir Ali, former sapanch Asha ji from Bandipora and many other women of different backgrounds and professions.
While sharing her experience of being a local representative of her village Wusun in Bandipora, Ashaji said that she contested Panchayat elections in a Muslim majority village in Badipora and Muslims reposed their trust on her and elected her their sarpach.
Ezabir Ali, organiser of the women interaction programmes?,? said that ‘Samanbal’ is extension of EHSAAS group which has been working in the State since 2010,  for the empowerment and betterment of women in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ezabir said that under the Samanbal banner, she has formed groups of women activists in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and these women meet to discuss the issues they face in the society and evolve ways to fight for their rights.
“I am a social activist working for women in the State from the last more than two decades. During this time, I have found and met women who face myriad of societal and other issues.  I contribute in my own way towards these women around me.
Women in Jammu and Kashmir need to come together to work on gender issues for bringing change in society,” she said.
“Conflict has impacted all sections of the society in Kashmir and the drastic changes it has brought has distorted the social and familial order in the region,” she said.
Dr Nyla Ali Khan, who is a Professor and author, expressed her happiness for being in the interaction programme and said that women activism in the state will bridge regional and religious divide created by the political parties.
“And if we help to bridge that divide it will be a wonderful milestone for us,” she said while appreciated and lauding the women activists for working on the gender issues and for fighting for their rights.
Khan said that gender discrimination exists in West and in the Muslim countries as well because of cultural practices.
While explaining the cultural practices in the West and in the Muslim countries which discriminate and oppress women, Khan said that religion does not suppress women or snatch her rights, but it is the cultural practices that harm women.
“Objectification and sexualisation of women exists in politics across the world,” she said, pointing out that women are very less represented in politics in Kashmir and around the world.
“Women don’t need to be masculine to prove their talent, to the world. Women can achieve success by maintaining her identity and gender,” she said. (KNS)