Feminism is one of the global agendas, lately. Women's participation in political, social and economic sectors is of great influence and importance. Certain stereotypical ideologies revolve like a hot air balloon almost in every part of the world whether it be north or south depending on the higher and lower scale intensity of its sensitivity. Female activists all around the world have initiated global feminist movements to promote awareness and increase women participation in different sectors throughout the world.

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou.

Pakistan has also marked its space in ‘World Feminist Movement’ through some great works and inspiring characters in this regard. For example, a young and motivated student Malala Yousafzai has promoted the concept of more convenient way of education for females in remote areas. Similarly, activism in Pakistan regarding female participation in politics is another feature being promoted by our female politicians by their remarkable work. Two most prominent political parties in this regard are PLM-N and PTI. Zartaj Gul Wazir from PTI and Maryam Nawaz from PLM-N are both influential and inspirational women.

"A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.” said Maya Angelou. This statement of an American civil right activist inspires us to a great deal. Being the victim of societal constructed stereotypes is not what a wise woman should prefer. But rather it’s a stab in the heart of success. Something similar can be seen in the campaigns of upcoming elections. Female representors are going head to head in the competition with the rival political parties.

Zartaj Gul Wazir is contesting from NA-191 Dera Gazi Khan. According to recent views of politicians, she has decided to revert the stereotypes of southern Punjab. She recently tweeted, “This fight against exploitative feudal system in D.G. Khan is not easy. It demands tons of resilience, fierce determination, self-belief, support of the local people and most of all Allah’s blessings.”

It is observed through her actions that she is a motivating lady who is stepping out for a better cause as she continues to talk about competing head to head with PLM-N from her domain NA-191. She also said, “Momentum is with PTI, we are chasing PLM-N to the gates of electoral accountability too”. She has been visiting local communities and has experienced one to one discussions with the local residents of that area. This not only shows how a female political representative can lead the name of the party but also a proof of how gender based discrimination is wrong at its root. Dera Gazi Khan is commonly recognised as a stereotypical area with regards to a patriarchal mind-set. The domain given to Zartaj Gul was not easy to deal with. The reason is self-explanatory one, as it does not include an open-minded approach. The PTI member has set her path on the ideology of feminism as she continues to keep a road of success in sight.

On the other hand, female contender of PLM-N Maryam Nawaz is also known for her work in the field of feminism. In the list of top 11 powerful women around the world generated by a foreign magazine “New York Times” in 2017, Maryam Nawaz was mentioned as one of them from Pakistan. She is known to be the left hand of her father Nawaz Sharif (former prime minister). Party’s political reputation was then handled by Maryam Nawaz as she continued to promote local agendas for public welfare in several campaigns. Maryam Nawaz has played her influential role for law against honour killing. This law basically negates the right of other family member to pardon the killer. Killing in the name of family honour is not something justified. For this cause the daughter of then prime minister Maryam Nawaz has made her efforts in passing the bill against this crime.  

Efforts of both party members are remarkable and hence prove that the stereotypical mind-set and feudalism does not mean that one should refrain from heading towards success. Future of Pakistan must not depend on the stereotype that women are reserved for private domains and therefore, should be given opportunities ahead.