Our country is a beautiful, beautiful place. While there are those that deny women the right to acquire a bike license simply because of their gender, there is Naseeb Jamal, father of 8 lovely daughters who brings them to his electronic repair shop to teach them to repair electronics.
Normally, electronic repairing is something we always expect to be a male-centric job, Naseeb Jamal is determined to break the stereotype. As expected, when he started bringing his daughters to his shop in a low income neighbourhood of Qasba Colony, Karachi, people around him would speak ill of his idea of women empowerment.
So much so that even his own mother questioned his decision
“When people saw me starting to bring my daughters to the shop, they said: ‘What would people say?’ Why do I have to care about what people say?” Jamal said in a video news report, talking to a local outlet. The father of-nine – eight daughters and one son – didn’t pay head to the comments.
From when his children were young, Jamal made it a point to teach his daughters how to repair electronics.
“I wanted to give them these skills and they learn them with me next to them, what’s other people’s problem?” Jamal said as his daughters worked on repairing various appliances and handling customers in the background.
“This is the way to strengthen women. They should not just be educated, but skilled and allowed to go outside as well,” he was quoted as saying. “If they are skilled, they would bring more pride to their parents and country than any son,” he added.
Denouncing the limitations that societal taboos put on women, he said: “Cultural norms are in place but because they are my children, I’m responsible for their future. Society or my family will not take care of them.”
نصیب جمال کی آٹھ میں سے چھ بیٹیاں الیکٹریشن ہیں۔ ان کا کہنا ہے کہ ’بیٹی کو اپنی کمزوری نہیں طاقت بنائیں۔‘ مزید دیکھیے توصیف رضی ملک کی اس ڈیجیٹل ویڈیو میں
Gepostet von Urdu News am Montag, 21. September 2020
Currently, Jamal said that four of his daughters work at the shop, while two of them are happily married and two of them stay at home. Speaking about working at the shop, one of Jamal’s daughters said: “We repair speakers, chargers, fans and more. If I ever have an issue with an appliance, I ask one of my elder sisters to help.”
Jamal said he is trying to set an example for parents across Pakistan, a country where honour killings and gender discrimination are still prevalent: “I want to show society that parents shouldn’t make their daughters their weakness.”