I CHANGE HER LIFE HEROES SAGA

‘I CHANGE HER LIFE’ IS SHARING THE STRUGGLES AND DIFFICULTIES FACED BY WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT THE ORGANIZATION CURRENTLY SUPPORTS THROUGH ITS CAMPAIGN TO EMPOWER WOMEN. WE CREATE AWARENESS AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE, FORCED EARLY MARRIAGES, HONOR KILLINGS, SOCIAL STIGMATISM AGAINST DIVORCEES AND EDUCATION FOR GIRLS.

WHO IS SHE:

Akhtar Bibi

D/O: Iltaf

Qualification: SSC

Marital status: Divorcee

Skill: Tread work, mirror work, kuresha work, appliqué work, moti work, sitara work, taar kasha

HER STORY

When times are difficult and a sacrifice needs to be made why do we always expect it from females? This short story is not about every female, it is Akhtar Bibi and other females like her.

Akhtar Bibi is now twenty-five years old.When she was eleven, her parents compelled her to get married to her cousin who was an epilepsy patient, with a mother was also ill. Akhtar Bibi was expected to take to take on the responsibility of caring for them. Akhtar Bibi parents were under the impression that her aunt needed her assistance, so she was forced to get married to her cousin.

How could parents be so cruel and force her to do the unexpected? It is not just a story, but a bitter reality of Akhtar’s life. Can you imagine the impact this has on a child at only the age of eleven, she got married and got divorced, all within three months?

She joined a vocational skills center to keep herself busy, to continue her studies, and did matric as a private candidate. Then she started teaching in a small community school on 3000 PKR per month. She proved to be a very brave person. Just when she started to feel stronger, her father broke her spirit once again by leaving his family. Her father married another lady and started living with her leaving his family behind.

HARDSHIPS CONTINUED

Akhtar and her siblings lived as orphans for ten years. After this long time, Akhtar’s family received unfortunate news from her stepmother about her father’s heart problem. He was admitted to a hospital and was waiting for someone to support him in arranging funds to cover the price of heart surgery. During this time, his second wife left him and  informed Akhtar’s family that they should arrange money for his surgery, and also provide care for him.

Akhtar’s mother and brothers gather money by selling their private assets and by borrowing money from relatives. Her father is now home on bed rest.

HOW SHES CHANGING HER LIFE

At this time, Akhtar is a skilled female and is good at stitching and hand embroidery. She is currently training to become a beautician. She also wants to establish her own vocational skill center, but currently does not have sufficient resources.

I Change Her Life just took a brave step to support Akhtar and other women like her to utilize their potentials and enhance their livelihoods.

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