All in Empowerment Series

A Letter of Apology to Every Pakistani Girl Ever!

A heartfelt message shedding light on how our society sub consciously or consciously subjugates a girl's self esteem from a very young age, depriving her of the self confidence that she needs to stand up for herself and her rights, to charge on as a leader, and take decisions for her life. While it may seem like all hope is lost, there is always light at the end of a dark tunnel, and therefore this piece reminds the girls and women of how they can be the bearers of light, of change and of progress.

A Woman's Place IS in the Kitchen

This post comes from a time when as a feminist I was going through an existential crisis leading to the conclusion that earlier feminists were wrong to claim that a woman's place is not in the society. It so is. So is a Man's. So is a child's, be it a girl or boy. Why could they just not say 'WE ALL BELONG IN THE KITCHEN!' and leave it at that? I wish I had spent more time in the kitchen. 

Cinderella CAN be Dark

When we first adopted my cat Sparky, the whole world looked down at her because she was black. The good thing was that she didn't care what anyone thought. But humans do. And when little girls are told they aren't beautiful because they're dark, and constantly nagged to try whitening creams as soon as they hit puberty so they can get a good 'rishta', it leaves them shattered with scars that take years to heal. This is an account of one such incident and how as a young girl you can use move beyond it to gain your own self confidence.

The Letter on International Women's Day

A letter to all my Pakistani fellows (men and women). I thought it would be nice to thank you all for stepping up your game on International Women's Day, while sharing my 'truest self' as a step to challenge my own insecurities this year. I also thought I'd give ideas to those who want to do more than appreciate the women in their lives, to make the lives for the very same women ACTUALLY a lot better. Wow awesome stuff wow.