Literati urged to highlight women core issues

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a book launching ceremony held here on Saturday have called upon women writers to use their talent of writing for highlighting issues being faced by them in the male dominated society and also pave way for the upcoming literati.

Prof Dr Abaseen Yousafzai while chairing the event said that government should patronize such literary forums where women writers and poets could contribute their literary works whether poetry, fiction, research or any other creative piece of work. “I hope, the provincial government would respond to my request,” he added.

Participants of the event pointed out that women writers should bring out their talent through social media and should come up with new ideas to address women’s issues. They also paid tribute to Prof Abaseen Yousafzai for his support and encouragement and who helped KP women writers found their own literary organization in 2017.

A young poetess, Fatima Gul from district Swabi stole the event by reciting an inspiring poem on the plight of KP women asking them that they could win the war of oppression against them through the strength of their lofty imagination. “Give me a pen and I will shoot down pride of all kinds of aggressions against women. I alone can fight with the power of education,” she versified.

Khwendy Adabi Lakhkar (KHAL), a women writers forum arranged the event at ANP district office opposite to Qila Bala Hisar in which four new books, two each in Pashto and Urdu were launched penned down by Sajada Mqabool Tanha, Dr Saba Khan and Syeda Shabnam. Speakers highlighted salient features of the new books, titled ‘Khkaalu’ Da Khabaray Me Da Zarrh De, Mohabat Hain Saba Jaisee and Bandhan.

Kulsoomzeb, president of KHAL in inaugural remarks said that her organization in a short span of time covered a long and difficult path enabling women writers, poets and research scholars to bring out their works and give due place to women issues in a creative manner in their writings.

Zeba Afridi, vice president of KHAL presented a comprehensive report on the activities including publication and launching books, conducting seminars and representing KP women in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, and Kabul. She said that women literati should use their inborn talent to paint a true picture of the society.

Prof Noor-ul-Amin Yousafzai while shedding light on newly published books said that till a few years ago half of the Pakhtun society was paralyzed as most women writers and poets remained underground owing to social taboos, adding that now they could express what they thought and the way they felt.

Ghameen Mayari, Farzana Rasool and Sajada Maqbool Tanha also spoke at the event. Later, a bilingual poetry recitation session was also held in which Gogal Jan, Syed Shabnam, Prof Noorul Amin Yousafzai and Prof Abaseen Yousafzai participated.

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