Stereotyping is a common practice everywhere, be it the South Asian culture or the Western, the Arab world or the Persian. Nevertheless, women have stayed resilient in the face of any storm coming their way or whatever the society throws at them.
Women are delicate, they cannot handle as much as a man can do; not only a society undermines their potential with these stereotypes but also puts an end to their ambitions and creativity. But some brave women across the globe make it through all this and break all the stereotypes to prove that they are as capable as a man is. Pakistan has not stayed behind in this realm as well. Here are the women who are making us proud by breaking the glass ceilings that exist in our society for ages.
Rosheen Khan is the first and only female scuba-diving instructor in Pakistan and is known as ‘Mermaid of Churna Island.’ Having a passion for scuba diving since her teenage, she started learning it at the Karachi Scuba Diving where she already was working and assisting in office work. At that time, she did not even have swimming experience.
An inspiration for all, Kulsoom has shattered the notion that women look good in the kitchen only by becoming the National Karate Champion for women. She is the first Pakistani ‘karateka’ to participate in the international competitions. Having lost her parents and a mentor (her brother-in-law), she chose Karate as a channel to flush out her anger and frustration and also opted it as a means to an end.
Growing up with a zeal for cycling running in her blood, Sabia won the National Cycling Championship in 2013 busting all the notions that sports, especially something like cycling are not for women.
Maria Toorpakai Wazir
Maria is a top female squash female player who is ranked 54th in the world. Hailing from South Waziristan, she defied all odds by becoming an athlete. She used to compete as a boy in Peshawar until it was no longer possible to hide her identity.
A 23 year old Lahore-based girl, Zenith is trying to live the dream of her deceased father who ‘wanted to travel on the bike.’ She has traveled through Kashmir by riding on different motorcycle models like Honda 125, Honda CD-70 and Suzuki GS-150. She has also documented her journey on her personal photo blog on Facebook, “Zenith Irfan: 1 Girl 2 Wheels”.
Shamim is a truck driver in the world where driving even a car is not well-received in many societies. Hailing from Rawalpindi, she does everything from washing dishes to get her truck loaded with freight.
These examples are just tip of an iceberg. There are much more who are fighting the stereotypes while paving their way to success, they are also opening new doors for other girls.