First ‘Ladies exclusive’ market in Chitral sparks debate on social media

11 Feb, 2018

Chitral: The now  almost ready ‘Ladies only’ market in Chitral town has triggered a debate on the social network with people speaking for and against it. The market, a unique idea to empower women keeping in mind local traditions and Islamic injunction of ‘purdah’ will only house women as shopkeepers and the shoppers would also be restricted to women only. Though the need for such a facility in Chitral was being felt since long but the practical shape of it has come about now through the courtesy of Wg Cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah.

The women exclusive market has the moral support of the District Administration, the CCDN and Chamber of Commerce Chitral. In this connection President CCDN Sartaj Ahmad Khan convened a meeting of Lady stake holders, NGO Reps, Bankers was also attended by the Additional Deputy Commissioner Minhasuddin . The ladies highly appreciated the idea and the Administration, the NGOs and the Bankers assured full support for those ladies wanting to establish businesses.within the bounds of Islamic and cultural values.

The detractors commenting on the social media pages say it will take the women out of the houses and pave way for corruption in the society. The supporters maintain that this will give women folk decent opportunity to be counted, by helping  their families thus raising their self esteem. Some ladies even quoted the example of Um-ul-Momineen Hazrat Khadija-tul-Kubra, the first wife of our Holy Prophet (PBUH) who headed her established business before marriage and continued so even after her marriage with our beloved Holy Prophet..

Although the supporters of the idea far exceed in majority but are dormant and silent onlookers, while the detractors though few are much vocal and express their opposition on face book etc aggressively.

The market consisting of 30 shops initially, expandable to 100 shops, shall be formally inaugurated by end of this month, it was reported. .. CN report, 11 Feb 2018

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2 Comments

  • Mir Baiz Khan says:

    The expected opening of the ladies only market in Chitral town is a delightful news. With increasing number of educated women and many of them are professionals in a wide range of fields, this is a right time for them to be fully engaged in the economic activities and generating wealth. Wg cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah’s courtesy is much to be appreciated. Besides female participation in wealth creation and wealth management, it is a step particularly important given its potential positive impact on women in general and children. The market space will allow women to not only interact among themselves but also their children, strengthening friendship, social cohesion and friendly environment. Women can now have the pleasure of making decisions regarding the type and color of clothing to choose for their children and loved ones in the family. This seems trivial but hugely important for the confidence and self respect of the women. Congratulations to you ladies of Chitral. You with you education and inner passion to care for the family will bring a trampoline impact on Chitral’s development. إِن شَاء اللَّهُ

  • Muhammad Amin says:

    This should be a game changer. It will bring about positive and practical transformation in the society specially with respect to women folk in Chitral. It will help alleviate depression and frustration in women who are confined to tiny houses in most cases, have no positive outlet except going to the hospital to breath fresh air,and meet other women folk and vent out their frustrations etc. We pray Allah Almighty shower his blessing upon this project which is for the betterment of humanity.