Women Role in Community Development
By Mah Para & Ali Khan
If we have a glance over the history,
we will come to know that behind every
successful man is a woman. Women have
been regarded as fragile part of the
society but they can play a very important
role for the betterment of the society.
This fragile part has proved her dominating
on many occasions in the history.
Ms. Fatima Jinnah being a woman stood
side by side with Quaid-e-Azam in
organizing and bringing Muslim women
together on a single platform to be
united for the creation of Pakistan.
Mrs. Rana Liaqat Ali Khan is another
lady who raised her voice for preserving
the rights of the women in Pakistan.
She took start from a single city
and spread out in all over the country.
same case can be found in program
area of HDF in Mardan Region. Ms.
Jamal Bibi is the resident of the
Village Akbar Abad. She is 38 years
of age having four children. The husband
of Jamal bibi is a building material
dealer having his shop in the village.
She was working in her village as
teacher of National Commission for
Human Development Adult literacy.
HDF had already its existence in the
area in the field of micro credit
and non-formal education. HDF was
facing lots of difficulties while
interacting with the female members
of the community. Most of the people
of the area had wrong perception about
NGOs. To combat this ideology, this
was necessary to concentrate on the
people and educate them and bring
them round regarding the role and
acceptance of the NGOs. The task was
really difficult on the female side.
Ms. Jamal Bibi visited HDF office
and called on the concerns and demanded
for the HDF activities in her area.
She also urged to work as activist
and persuade the female community
members to welcome HDF in the area.
She would go house to house and motivate
the people and it was all because
of her sincere efforts that HDF formed
a DO in the village of Akbar Abad.
The people trusted her and made her
She was the first member in Akbar
Abad DO that took loan from HDF of
Rs. 20000. This move also activated
rest of the members of the DO and
they also took Credit from the HDF
and started businesses with that and
some also invested in running business
successfully. She also motivated the
members of the female DO to generate
savings in DO accounts and as a result
total saving generated so far is Rs.
6000/-. The number of DOs also rose
to three from one as people of other
localities also inspired and formed
Jamal Bibi is also a good idea creator.
She took credit from HDF for her husband
who is running Shitring business (Building
Material) and invested credit in that.
As a result the business flourished
and now he is earning a reasonable
profit out of that making it easy
for them to pay credit installments
and also meeting other necessities
of daily life. She is also providing
quality education to her children
and is leading a comfortable life.
Jamal Bibi’s second accomplishment
is the establishment of Basic Garment
Training Center and combining three
DO,s of the area to come and get skill
enhancement training there. Before
there used to be separate Training
Center for each DO and separate trainer/consultant
likewise. This was not a cost effective
approach. HDF decided to motivate
these DO,s and establish a single
training center for them.
Along with Female Social Organizers
of HDF, Jamal bibi spared no efforts
to persuade members of DO to prepare
for establishment of a single training
center where they would get quality
skills from well versed resource persons.
HDF is now working with single center
in Akbar Abad, which is much cost
effective than establishing three
with trainers in each.
If every man and woman think like
Jamal Bibi and cooperate with the
developmental organizations in the
area then no doubt much of the issues
and problems will be solved on self
help basis; the children brought up
in the laps of the women like these,
would be a natural thinker to solve
problems of the area on their own;
and finally these areas would flourish
socially and economically and overall
the country will get prosperity.
It should be taken kind notice of
that the people like these who are
active to pave way for the smooth
running of the Development Organizations
activities should be given prizes
so that other people of the community
should get lesson and begin to cooperate
in the same way.
Jamal Bibi , secretary of the DO in
Village Akbar Abad, is surrounded
by DO member in a meeting.