Women's Cafe

Sara amjad
Posted August 28, 2020 from Pakistan
OF the women, BY the women, FOR the women
  • ABOUT ME

I hail from Swat Valley which once remained under the strong hold of the Taliban. I work to protect and advocate for the rights of girls and women in Malakand Division.

I am working with an aim to uplift the marginalized women and girls in the tribal areas of Pakistan by empowering them with the knowledge,tools and expertise to stand on their own feet. I saw and learned that women are not even allowed to make decisions about their own bodies, how can women be empowered in a society where discrimination against women is common. If women cannot make a decision about their own bodies, how can they make decisions in their communities or families?

  • Women Cafe

Swat is a beautiful part of Pakistan, the people of swat are usually Pathan who are known for their hospitality and pride. The living conditions of people here are also different from other parts of Pakistan their culture is very ancient and people here are more concerned with their culture. But despite all this the people of swat are second to non in matters of life. The people here are highly educated and working in all walks of life even women of this area are no less, as well as taking care of the house and children they also work in different fields. A few years ago when terrorism started in swat valley and the terrorist had forbidden the people here to live there was always a fear and dread in the heart of people, they wandered what could happen at any moment but the people of swat are very brave they faced these difficult circumstances, they left their houses and saw their loved ones martyred. Now after many years of hardship the situation in swat is very good, people are living their lives happily without any fear and swat has moved towards development and prosperity but even today after much progress the people of swat have not forgotten their traditions. Swat is still a male dominant and conservative area. Most women in swat have the potential to do something special mostly women are educated and also working but even today it is difficult for them to get out of their houses, because the tradition of the society here do not allow them. I am not saying that we should forget our tradition and culture but women are also human beings, they also need a break from this race of life and they need a space where they can feel free and safe. They also need space and place where they can enjoy and utillise their free time and also maintain their traditions and norms. After watching all this for many years the idea came in my mind why not to open a place where only women can come and utillise their free time, have gatherings with their female friends, have parties like bridle shower, birthday parties in a safe and sound environment, and from this the idea of women cafe generated. Women cafe will be a place where women can eat, drink and have fun. If a women has some skills to teach other women, women cafe will be a medium for that she can do her job here, they can support and help each other in many ways. In women cafe they can play indoor games, they can arrange different session, language classes, make up classes, and many other extra healthy social activities. It will be the only place in swat where men will be strictly not allowed to enter. From cook to cleaner and from waiter to manager there will be only women staff, so that our traditions remain intact and women's families do not object and they have no justification for stopping them from going to such place which is totally safe and women will enjoy their free time in peace, safe from the longing of men here. Every facility will be available under one roof whatever women want and whatever is their need. I hope this initiative will bring a positive change to our society and will boost the confidence level of our awesome women out their. Please do like and share my article.

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ARREY- ECHI
Aug 28
Aug 28

Hello Sara,
I hope you are doing well. You are welcome to the pulse.
What a laudable initiative you came up with in the midst of so much to content with.
I am positive this will be a very welcome and positive break for the women who come to the women cafe.

As I read, I couldn't help being impressed by the reason why this came about : 'I am not saying that we should forget our tradition and culture but women are also human beings, they also need a break from this race of life and they need a space where they can feel free and safe. They also need space and place where they can enjoy and utillise their free time and also maintain their traditions and norms. After watching all this for many years the idea came in my mind why not to open a place where only women can come and utillise their free time, have gatherings with their female friends, have parties like bridle shower, birthday parties in a safe and sound environment, and from this the idea of women cafe generated'. Powerful.

All the very best.

Sara amjad
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you so much ma'am for your precious time and lovely comment

Nini Mappo
Aug 29
Aug 29

Hello Sarah,
Reading about your initiative makes me think of a physical World Pulse space. You are injecting fresh pulse into the women who come to your cafe, and there's no telling what they might eventually accomplish with the back up of supportive sisterhood.

Good one !

Sara amjad
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you so much ma'am for your time and precious comments

DonnaLT
Aug 29
Aug 29

My Dear Sara,
I love, love, love your story, your ideas for safe, women's gathering places, and your commitment to seek opportunities to help you achieve this grand goal!!!
If I hear about any funding or organizations that can help you in your endeavor, I will send them your way. Take care, stay safe, & be well.
With much love to you, Donna

Sara amjad
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you so much ma'am glade to hear that you are reading my articles .. i will be waiting please let me know if you hear about any fundings.

Andrace
Aug 30
Aug 30

Congratulations, Sara! What a brilliant initiative. Thank you for the desire to empower women and girls of Swat in an awesome way. I understand the feeling of being treated like a thing or being enslaved. We are all human and no one, I repeat...absolutely no one wants to be bondage. Please, keep your passion glowing.

You may wish to try the opportunity shared by Corine Milano in our latest dose of sisterhood:
https://www.openideo.com/challenge-briefs/covid-health-livelihoods?utm_s...

I'll let you know if I find any other.

Enjoy a great week and big hugs.:)
E. J.

Sara amjad
Aug 31
Aug 31

Thank you so much maam for your support and love

Aug 30
Aug 30
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Mahnaz Harrison
Aug 31
Aug 31

This is great and brilliant idea.

Millynairi
Sep 25
Sep 25

Dear Sarah,
A wonderful idea of having a safe place for women. How I hope and pray that this is established because it is a very brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing dear.