With every 14th August, one somehow finds oneself tracing the roots of Pakistan; remembering the nation for what it was, what it is, and what it could have been. It is a reminder of those that helped build this nation, and make it a reality – we pay homage to the founder of Pakistan, M.A Jinnah, and in conjunction, also to Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah who is known as the ‘Mother of the Nation’. However, we remember her as a subsidiary of our Quaid, and can forget the role pioneering women, such as herself, played in making this nation a reality, and continue to do so, despite all the limitations placed on them.
Jinnah & The Women of Pakistan
Discussions around Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah lend itself to an understanding of the different roles women are capable of playing in this nation and have previously played despite not being remembered in the same way like others.
In this lack of remembrance somewhere, we have grown accustomed to the Pakistan we know now. Despite, what Jinnah would have wanted for Pakistan is largely at odds with its present. While we remember what he does and what he believed in, there is much that one can think about, and how he visualised the role of the women of Pakistan.