2003, I was invited to the home of my class fellow. I went to help him with exams, and during at his home.
To tell you the truth, people in my part of the world. Keep women covered and let them meet only with close relatives.
I somehow saw his mother. I excitingly asked him, “If your mother is teacher too.” (I was excited because my mother is a teacher and I’m very proud of her.)
He replied, “No, not at all. We do not let women do such (shameful) jobs.
28 years ago, when my mother was applying for her teaching job. Her younger brother complained to their mother, “So now Razia is going to be a teacher. People would say, look his sister is a teacher.”
Job of mother changed everything for our entire family. Also know, if she would not be teacher, I would be working at a factory or workshop without any formal education etc.
But instead, she changed my life. It changed everything.
Someone said it very truly:
If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).
I promise to educate a nation (even if it would be small, it’s ok).
All this might come to you as surprise. But this is the real story of a real women.
Would you keep doing the good work, despite what other people say?
It is also true:
People don’t say very much, but we intentionally hear a lot about our fears.
Would you still be teacher no matter how many people discourage you? Would you still be changing lives? If you are afraid of doing something, please write your fears. Then see what happens.
She is truly the first one in our family to cross the river. Now gladly, I’m crossing many too.
Rest is said in this video, It Only Takes A Girl, watch it.
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