Young Pakistani girls challenging stereotypes against women

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 11:13 hrs

In a bid to challenge stereotypes about gender roles, as many as 50 young Pakistani girls engaged themselves in day-long activities of rock climbing, camping and cooking.

The event was organised by the 'We Can End All Violence Against Women' organisation, which was initiated as a South Asian campaign by Oxfam Great Britain in 2005, reports The News.

It was a multi-purposed activity that not only focused on attitudinal change but also provided a forum for youth engagement and awareness, the paper said.

"These participants will carry a good name from this event in their respective universities and will be change-makers in their respective spheres; motivating and encouraging others to take lead in their lives," said Hajra Pasha, the head of the organisation's Pakistan chapter.

She said lessons like rock climbing teaches a person how to strategise in order to achieve his or her target, consolidates belief on will power and capacitates on endurance. These lessons are very relevant to daily life learning and are geared towards gender empowerment, from a behaviourist perspective, she added.

Prominent women from civil society, academia and other walks of life participated in the event and shared their stories and experiences with the younger girls. (ANI)

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