Women’s empowerment and literacy: Have we underestimated the Northern areas?

Women’s empowerment and literacy: Have we underestimated the Northern areas?

Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman climber to summit the world’s highest peak Mount Everest.

via http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/ by Uzair Ibrahim – The people of Northern Pakistan do not just reside on a higher altitude; in fact they are above us in many ways. They are healthier, wealthier and wiser.

The northern areas of Pakistan, in addition to being one of the most beautiful places on earth, house some of the most brilliant people in our country (some of whom I’ve had the privilege to meet). Although I have had many friends from this area, I came abreast with their true potential and capabilities about six months ago, when I attended a residential youth camp with participants from all over Pakistan.

A considerable number of participants had their roots in the northern areas. Their array of talents ranged from academics and social work to sports and even politics. If you think of them like I did – as shalwar-kameez clad, conservative people – then your view is about to change, forever.

The northern areas of Pakistan consist of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, with Hindukush, Karakoram and western Himalayas guarding it on the north and south respectively. It borders to the north with Afghanistan and China, to the south with India and Azad Kashmir and to the west with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

More Women’s empowerment and literacy: Have we underestimated the Northern areas? – The Express Tribune Blog.

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