girls’ education


The female gender is pretty marginalised in Pakistan. And the marginalisation begins early. Right when the time comes to put a child in school. For many Pakistanis – surprisingly in this day and age – the place of a girl and eventually a female is still inside the perimeter of a house. There is no need to educate girls. All a girl needs to learn, many continue to believe, are cleaning after others, cooking lavish meals and being obedient to whoever else is in the house. She has no business being in school learning about worldly deviances; she has no business being educated.

Following the loss of humanitarians extraordinaire Abdul Sattar Edhi and Dr Ruth Pfau within a span of a few months, Pakistan has lost another one of its hidden gems. Leelavati Harchandani, commonly known as Dadi Leela, remained a devoted advocate for girls’ right to education throughout her life spanning over a 100 years. Born on December 201, 1916, Dadi Leela passed away on September 14, 2017 following a prolonged illness.