Added: Amiel Irwin - Date: 13.09.2021 04:26 - Views: 39247 - Clicks: 7355
Those who dare often suffer disapproving glances, scolding or catcalls. Led by Pakistani blogger Saadia Khatri, 24, the women photograph themselves at dhabas — roide stands selling food and tea that traditionally cater to men throughout South Asia — and post their pictures on social media with the hashtag girlsatdhabas.
Khatri started posting the images in May on a lark, after she graduated from Mount Holyoke College and found life at home stultifying when compared to her New England liberal arts school. Khatri and another Mount Holyoke alum, Natasha Ansari, 25, started a Tumblr blog and invited women to post photos of themselves at dhabas. The blog now features thousands of pictures of women sipping tea, chatting, eating, reading and smoking in public — routine activities in the United States but rebellious behavior in Pakistan.
Women in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have also submitted photos.
The space for women has shrunk over decades. Khatri and Ansari also launched girlsplayingstreetcricket, referring to the popular bat-and-ball game. Men haven't openly resisted letting women enter their traditional turf, Khatri said.
But other women and some relatives have expressed doubts. Women like Khan have every right to dislike dhabas, Ansari said, but she should have the right to patronize them if she wants.
The women are now raising money to open a dhaba explicitly for women in Karachi in the next year. They envision the dhaba as a place for activists to meet, share experiences and plan for the future, as well as have fun and relax over a cheap cup of hot tea. Facebook Twitter .
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