Hunza: More than 500 kilometers away from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, the women and girls of the scenic Hunza Valley located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, neighboring China, have proven their mettle in many fields of life. They are constantly ahead of men and boys in the field of education, as shown by school and college results, and many of them are studying or teaching at top universities inside and outside Pakistan. Many are serving as top managers, executives, in commercial and social entities, while a small number of women are engaged in entrepreneurial activities.
The trainee stone dressers feel empowered by having the opportunity to venture into a field of economy that was exclusive to men till now. Photos by Asghar khan for Pamir Times
In the field of sports, Samina Baig has climbed 7 highest mountains on 7 continents, while several players, including Diana Baig, are playing in the national women’s team for Soccer and Cricket. Many have set an example by getting trained as plumbers, electricians and carpenters, non-traditional fields for women.
Add to the list of these skilled and learned women the future stone dressers, who have started getting trained under the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program deep in the Hunza Valley.
“Stone dressing, till now, has largely been an occupation for men, who are traditionally considered to be strong and more capable of using chisels, pitchers and hammers”, said a participant, who identified herself as Bibi, of the training course. She said that this occupation will no more be exclusive to men.
Read more and view photos on http://pamirtimes.net/2015/04/02/no-sky-too-high-in-hunza-women-are-being-trained-as-stone-dressers/