Introducing one of the first female traffic officers posted in Karachi, Razia Sher Khan who narrates her life’s journey and how empowering this job is for her.
Razia Sher Khan is among four female traffic officers who have been deployed for patrolling different parts of Karachi.
Razia shares her experiences and determination for her profession in an interview with Dialogue Pakistan. She believe it is like breaking stereotypes and taboos regarding roles assigned to genders in the society.
Hailing from Quetta-based Hazara background, she accredits her elder brother for making her learn motorcycling. “My family is so happy about my job that I am patrolling and riding bike. Everyone in my area is happy,” she tells joyfully.
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Razia says she hasn’t experienced any unpleasant event so far as men drivers and riders usually listen to female officers’ commands while they are on duty.
“First of all, tell me who are left out here without facing criticism from people. No matter ladies join any field, people taunt and discourage them. We should not pay heed to their thoughts,” she calls out patriarchal norms that still exist in the society and bring down the morale of both genders–generally women– who try to do something different.
Razia believes a woman should choose her profession as per her wishes regardless of the thought that what people may think and say about it.
Watch Dialogue Pakistan’s full story on women traffic police officers in Karachi.