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Women and Public Transport

My name is Ayesha and I am living in Azad Kashmir. After completion of my education I was appointed as a lecturer in Govt. College in a rural area. It was my first experience visiting that area. It took more than two hours from my city to the college.
So I began commuting daily through public transport vans.
One day, on the way back, I got the seat near the door. The conductor was sitting exactly behind me. After some time I realized he was touching my back and gradually he slipped his hand to my belly. I was astonished when I felt his hand on my body. But like most girls scared of dishonor, I turned back and glared at him. It was the only thing I could do at the time. I was afraid to speak up.

I was worried what other passengers would think about me if they knew or it would be insulting if they knew. I came back home and did not tell anyone about this because I knew my brother and father would go and fight with that person. And I didn’t want them to stop me from working. But personally I was feeling guilty and ashamed that how could I be so weak and how he dared to touch me.
I wept. For a long time I shed tears of shame and remorse.

Then, I decided to speak out. Because if I shut my mouth then I would continue to face harassment from perverted people like the conductor.
And it wasn’t even my fault that he touched me.

So next morning I directly went to owner of that transport and told him the whole story and said if he did not take action then I will call the police. He immediately took action and fired him.

Even though I spoke up a day later, I am glad that I did. I think about those 80 % women from my country who travel and face harassment while travelling in public transport. How they face such an unbearable situation. It is a short story but it is mine. Now it’s your choice do you want to drink this sour sip of life silently or want to raise your voice and fight against violence.

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Your courage and strength are amazing, and I am sorry you had to suffer such humiliation. I hope that you can feel your sisters around the world standing with you and helping you raise your voice so that it can be heard. I know that your example of courage will inspire others to do the same. Perhaps your act will spark the beginnings of change. We never know how one thing can ripple outward, creating a large circle of waves.

Thank you for sharing this. All the best to you!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
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Ayesha, Your article was so

Ayesha,

Your article was so interesting and I come away with such respect for you as a person. I love your courage and I look forward to reading more from your heart.

Ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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My first Journal

Dear Michelle and Wendy Stebbins Thank you so much for appreciating this story. Your comments are really encouraging and strengthening. Its my first article/journal ever and i tried to share some thing real. i hope this journal will help other girls to stand and speak out for violence and harassment.
Thanks again,

Ayesha Hassan
Lecturer/ Young Leader WAGGGS
Kashmir (Pakistan)

Ayesha Hassan

BAJIRA CHISHUBA's picture

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Bonjour Ayesha,c'est avec joie de vous rencontrer sur World pulse,je suis congolaise, ton article m'a donné encore une fois une autre image car j'ai longtemp travaill' avec des cas de GBV ,en ce sujet je n'ai qu'à t'encourager pour ton courage que tu avais fournis,Si toutes les femmes étaient semblable à vous AYESHA, les violences seraient combattues et cesserraient un jour ou l'autre,
Merci et prochainement en ligne
COMMBATTONS JUSQU'A LA MORT

bajira

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AYESHA

Thank you for responding to our message. Your messages and articles WILL help other girls stand and speak out against violence and harassment. Be assured. You have an innocence, sensitivity and nice way with words that will mean much to all of us.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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