Women’s Day: Fairer Frames

International Women’s Day marking the plight and feats of women across globe reflects the ‘larger reality’ of women in Kashmir. Themed this year around “Planet 50-50 by 2030”, the United Nations-backed event celebrated women’s rights in more than 40 countries. In Kashmir, Bilal Bahadur compiles different fairer hues and moods

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Such scenes make galore and yet go unnoticed. A section of Kashmiri women hitting streets daily with loaded wicker on their heads talk about a different struggle, a different battle for survival.
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Even our farmlands aren’t devoid of fairer presence, thus making the bedrock of our existence clear.
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And when it comes to play their role in male-dominated fields, Kashmiri women chip in with their stunning performances.
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Look at this woman! The frame speaks about the struggle for the survival – something, which Kashmiri women have demonstrated time and again.
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But then, not all struggles are visible outside the walls.
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And we know, who runs our homes and hearths.
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But when it matters, they never dread to come out to express their ‘blazing’ rage.
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And they surely know their madness behind their street method.
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The writing on the banners says it all.
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And then, there is this mother and her struggle…
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And this women and her routine.
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Before finding herself surrounded with spring, Kashmiri woman knows: what it means to prepare ground for one.
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Basking under the sun for a different reason.
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And this!

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