Necessity is proclaimed to be the mother of invention, and in quake-hit Pakistan, necessity also seems to advance human rights. Women in Pakistan have traditionally been granted few freedoms, but the recent surge of NGOs and the need for money have both provided women with chances to work – something unimaginable a few years ago.
It’s comforting to see that even if disaster good things can happen.
From the article:
Rights workers say there has been a big change in attitudes towards women and work.
“It is a sudden and vast change,” said Raja Nawaz, project coordinator with the International Human Rights Observer organisation.
“Before this disaster, it was very difficult to get females to work in the private sector or in the NGO sector. It’s astonishing that women have started working outside their homes.”