Women in Thar, Pakistan, are on a roll and have decided not to give in the face of poverty.
The bold women of Thar are taking up truck-driving jobs to combat poverty and that too in a man’s world!
These women who belong to the region of Islamkot, Tharparkar, are taking up jobs that were previously thought to belong to men. And it’s very empowering. The huge dump trucks used in the mining process are now being driven by women.
According to the reports by Express Tribune, this kind of labor is being seen as ‘life-changing’ for many women in the region. Although the task had seemed impossible initially, the strong women of Thar have tackled it with strength.
Gulaban, who is a 25-year-old housewife and a mother of three from Thar’s Hindu community, has spoken up about taking on mighty vehicles. She talked about how she was nervous about operating the vehicle at first, but now she has become used to it. Gulaban had a head start, since she knew how to drive previously. However, other women are following in her footsteps now.
What is more is that, Gulaban hopes that more women will join in and battle poverty while seeking inspiration from her. By far, about 30 women are being trained to be truck drivers by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company.
The company currently has around 125 dump trucks. It is estimated that 300-400 trucks will be needed in the future. This will help generate increased employment opportunities for these women. Moreover, the drivers can earn around Rs 40,000 a month.
Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, can also be seen sitting in one of the trucks driven by these women.
Tharparkar: September 12th, 2017: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah sitting in truck being driven by lady driver. pic.twitter.com/Y2FAVyWFIK
— CMHouseSindh (@SindhCMHouse) September 12, 2017
These Pakistani women truly deserve appreciation for taking on strong male dominated jobs and fighting not just poverty but also stereotypes of the society.
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