Women across Pakistan struggle with agency, constantly being told what they can and cannot do, what is and isn’t deemed appropriate, and where they are and aren’t supposed to go. But times are changing and women have started taking matters into their own hands, setting out on nationwide expeditions and experiencing their land like never before.
Pakistan is a beautiful country, with magnificent mountains in the North, scenic sights in the South and an abundance of hospitable hosts. It’s a country known for many things, but gender parity isn’t one of them. Aurat March 2020 saw people of all ages, genders, backgrounds and ethnicities come together to rally for the rights of women and other marginalized genders. But between all the slogans and placards on display, one really stood out.
“Shaadi ke baad jana” is a statement backed up by years and years of misconceptions which are now treated as facts. But today, the idea that women need to be married, or be accompanied by a man, in order to travel, just isn’t valid. In the recent past, we’ve seen women riding motorcycles across the country, scaling the tallest mountains and sharing their travel journeys with the world.
These women, among countless others, are proving that travel isn’t confined to one gender or community, because travel is, and always has been, for everyone.
This placard also caught the attention of some local travel brands including FindMyAdventure (FMA), who have organized all-girls trips to facilitate women who feel safer with other women around them while offering insurance to all customers to fight the stigma that travel in Pakistan is unsafe. FMA boasts a client base having many solo female travelers who vouch for their services and are constantly helping them prove that women in Pakistan can, should and will travel.
The taboos associated with female travel such as that of safety and the ‘loag kia kahengay’ factor, have held women back from traveling for far too long. All of us, irrespective of our gender, have the ability to see the world, to experience new places, and to live richer lives. It’s about time we started living them.
Head on over to FindMyAdventure today to book a trip for you and your girls!