Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation

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Pakistan: The Change Within

Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Shirkat Gah

Challenging inequalities require a change in how we perceive people around us. The first step requires us to challenge our own preconceived notions and change our perceptions. One such amazing transformation was witnessed in a young Paksitani woman named Zahida.

Narrating her own transformation, Zahida said: “I come from an extremely conservative Muslim family with high prejudices against anyone from a different faith.” After actively being involved in trainings conducted under the WELDD program, Zahida began to question her community’s prejudice against non-Muslims and to raise her voice against it.

According to Zahida, before she was not any different from the people around her but after participating in WELDD trainings she started questioning the hatred against people of other faith. In March 2014 when shops and homes of the Hindu community were burnt in her village, Zahida mobilized local woman to highlight the barbaric acts and oppose them. Zahida’s interviews on the issue were also published in local newspaper. Since then, Zahida has devoted herself to work for the rights of minorities.

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