More than fifty women from different walks of life sat together on Sunday and expressed their idea of Being a Woman in Kashmir. The event celebrated the resilience, achievement and individual struggles of women.
Among the speaker,s academician Neerja Mattoo spoke about the cultural and historical context and how the times have changed in Kashmir. While as the Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Parveena Ahangar, recalled her journey from being a housewife to becoming a Human rights defender.
“I had not moved beyond Lal Chowk but the disappearance of my son took me beyond mental and political boundaries,” Ahangar told the gathering.
Among others were academicians Sabiha Mufti, Shahzana Andrabi, Fozia Qazi and Mona Bhan, who also spoke about the individual struggles and also highlighted the importance of women rights and women education. They also shared the important work they have been doing as academicians.
“Going beyond the urban centric approach and understanding the lives of women living in villages and their daily struggle is important for us,” said Shazana Andrabi, a lecturer in Centre for International Relations, Islamic University of Science and Technology in Kashmir.
The event was organized by Goodfellas café a unique and innovative new café in Srinagar that has become the hub for intellectuals and creatives of the society, and is gaining fame not only as a café but also as a space that hosts various such events.
Women journalists, entrepreneurs, students, activists, Lawyers, artists, doctors and others participated in the event where many among them spoke about their experiences and ideas in the backdrop of being a woman.
Gazala Amin, an accomplished businesswomen in the valley emphasized the need for staying determined on the path of success even though one might face odds. “If you need to change your surroundings change yourself and remain steadfast on your goal and think big,” she said.
The engaging and interactive session lasted more than two hours and kept the cafe filled. The management of the café said that the Goodfellas aims to become a space that inspires imagination while at the same time where people come and enjoy great food, and also where people can come to relax and also work at their own ease. “This event is one of the several more we have organized in past and will continue to organize in future,” they said.