Posted By Sana Saleem
October 26, 2009
Feminism stems from a strong belief that equal opportunity; rights and
respect should be given irrespective of gender. Unfortunately in the
society we live in feminism has always been kept under scrutiny. It’s
considered more of an inclination towards female chauvinism than a
struggle against gender bias.
What most of the people fail to realize is that women right activist
are like any other human right activists fighting against gender bias.
Regardless of the allegations the struggle towards equal women rights
and opportunities continue.
However the struggle is not only against the norms but much more is
required to reach out and help. The list begins with lack of funds,
opportunities, and the fear of breaking taboos. Quite often cultural
barriers also play their role in snubbing voices. Fortunately we still
have women who do not accept any of these as an excuse and continue
their struggle irrespective of the norms.
One such woman is Rana Tauqeer, the founder of ZeyroZabar, an online
Urdu magazine, which started off as women’s magazine and has now become
the resource for the entire family. The idea of ZeyroZabar
is not only
highlighting women rights and their issues it is about emancipation of
women. An ideology set to trigger a pivotal change to the society with
a mere notion “empowering women for a better future.”
Tauqeer’s journey began when she moved to Canada with her family. After
working with an election office as an office manager Rana explored the
South Asian media and its diverse readership in Canada. Tauqeer recalls
her experience thus: