Kashmir Women Break Barriers to Get Jobs

via www.alertnet.org

Noreen is one of countless women in northern Pakistan whose lives were turned upside down by the Oct. 8 earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people and left 3 million homeless. Noor Ulain said she had always wanted to find a job when she finished studying, but her father had never agreed. But after the quake struck, badly damaging her family home, he relented. With many men out of work — Noreen’s husband lost his motorcycle taxi in the disaster — and their families destitute, some women have broken with tradition and found a job. And their menfolk, however reluctantly, have gone along with it.