Monday, February 25, 2013
FREEDOM PARDA PARKS
Freedom Parda Parks
I have always been one to mock and laugh at women wearing an abaya / burqha and like most of my fellow citizens I have referred to them as “Ninjas!” but yesterday I met with a scholar who was talking about women, women’s rights in Islam and I realized that there is a lot of pressure on these women and they simply just do not get a break. As I kept on discussing I realized that Females are considered as the weaker sex not only in Pakistan but globally and that they are constantly on the defensive when it comes to surviving in this “man’s” world. To add to that if they belong to Islam they are more imprisoned by restrictions and laws that I felt imprisoned them.
As this scholar kept rambling I lost interest and whilst physically still in the room my thoughts wandered off into another dimension where I was contemplating how we could give “Muslim” women freedom and liberation. Just as I was pondering all of this our entire nation went dark with one of the biggest black outs caused by an error at the national power grid. On my way home I passed by a few parks where in the spring humidity I saw families hanging out in public places that they thought would be safe and majority of the women were “yes” burqa clad. Then it all of a sudden struck me how to give women their freedom to a certain extent…
I realized that we love to make parks but a month after they are made they get vandalized and become havens for dating and all kinds of illegal activity even though the idea is to make them for families. Why doesn’t this government make a few parks in every city that will have a walking track, a gym, and snack points and maybe a clinic and convenience store catering to women’s needs. This park should be surrounded by fifteen foot walls and barricades where only women will be allowed to enter. It should be managed by women as well as policed by female police officers and anyone working there should be a female.
This will allow our Muslim women a place to remove their burqas and abayas and give them at least a sense of freedom to some extent. The concept is to allow these women to meet and communicate and talk with one another without the fear of violating any of the billion restrictions on them in anyway shape or form. These women are our mothers, sisters and daughter who will bear the next generation so why not go an extra mile and make safe havens for them and give them a bit more comfort than they already have.
I know many of you will laugh at me but it’s only an Idea and something we should look into as after all we all have to answer to our own conscience at some time. As I end this I am curious to know as to how many people will laugh at my concept and how many will share it and agree with it…