Who is an empowered woman? Is she just the one who can work, fight or do multiple things at once? No, an empowered woman is the one who climbs her stairs of success while equally respecting her competitors, trusting her instincts, and not pushing anybody behind. And such is the beauty of an ideally empowered woman.
Kashmir with its magnificent beauty has given birth to some incredibly empowering women. Yes. Let’s sit for a while and remember the great women that lived and are living through time, making best through their thoughts and work. Let us recount those Kashmiri women who have played eminent roles in making our society a better place.
Women from the History
Right from the stories of 2nd century’s Queen Dida (Queen of Kashmir) to 13th century’s Kota Rani (Queen of Kashmir), the women of Kashmir have been serving as assets to the state. Not to forget, ‘Kutte Kol’ was Kota Rani’s establishment, the canal that saved Srinagar city from various floods during the time.
Then came the great legend of Lal Ded, the poet of Kashmir whose poetic genius lied in her creation of mystic poetry called ‘Vakhs’, meaning ‘speech’ (Voice), known as Lal Vakhs. She plays a significant role in the history of Kashmiri literature and has said to have inspired many Sufis. Her poems have been translated by several writers. Want to read one of her creations?
“I was passionate, filled with longing,
I searched, far and wide.
But the day, that the Truthful One found me,
I was at home.”
Then came Habba Khatoon, the poet of the 16th century with her magnificent imaginative narratives, poems, plays, essays, etc. She introduced ‘lol’ (lyrics) to Kashmiri poetry.
This is about the past! What was cannot surpass what is! And the present is what we have.
Women of the Present
Our present inspiration originates from brave, empowered woman like:
The Iron Lady of Jammu & Kashmir, she is the epitome of Human- right activism, strength, optimism & pacifism. She is the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and an inspiration to all those who lack hope.
Dr. Gazalla Amin
If passion and dreams were humans, they would be her best friends. A doctor, founder of WAKE (Women’s Association for Kashmiri Entrepreneurs) and the 1st Kashmiri woman- member of KCCI (Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries) who runs an oil business successfully.
Dr. Ruveda Salam
Dr. Salam, the first women IPS officer from Kashmir, broke various prejudices related to women in the field of education as well as action.
Good things come in small packages. Truly said, for Kashmir has a champion who fits in a 10-year-old body. Tajamul is valley’s youngest Kickboxing Champion who won a Gold in 2016, when she was only 8, at World Kickboxing Championship, Italy. Her enthusiasm is unmatchable and she inspires thousands with it.
These women continue to inspire people. Through this article, we aim to teach our new generation about their valuable deeds and morals. They clear the confusions that rise within our thoughts, the hurdles of society seem little in front of their efforts. Let’s aspire to be another empowered woman and add to the list.