Who does not know that Pakistan is a male dominant society where men have a privilege to of being superior and women play a submissive role. But, no more. Trends are changing now.
Well, how does it look if you see a typical Pakistani girl picking up a wrench working as a car mechanics in conservative Pakistan? Obviously, Shocking and Surprise. Uzma Nawaz has come forward as one of the first female car mechanics in Pakistan. The 24-year-old earned a mechanical engineering degree after spending years to overcome the obstacles of male dominant industry, gender stereotypes, and financial hurdle. Finally, she got a job with an auto repairs garage in the eastern city of Multan.
“I took it up as a challenge against all odds and the meager financial resources of my family,” Uzma told the press.
Uzma’s journey to become a car mechanic has never been easy. Being hailed from the small, poverty-stricken town of Dunyapur in eastern Pakistan’s Punjab province, Nawaz counted on scholarships and often skipped meals when she had no money while pursuing her degree.
Her achievements are rare and praiseworthy. Women have long struggled for their rights in conservative patriarchal Pakistan, and especially in rural areas are often encouraged to marry young and devote themselves entirely to family over career. They are usually asked to stay within the four walls of their homes and raise children.
“No hardship could break my will and motivation,” she says proudly.
The sacrifices cleared the way for steady work at a Toyota dealership in Multan following graduation, she adds.
After completing a year into the job, she promoted to general repairs, where her duty was to remove the tires from raised vehicles, inspecting engines and handling a variety of tools.
“I was shocked to see a young girl lifting heavy spare tyres and then putting them back on vehicles after repairs,” customer Arshad Ahmad told AFP.
She has also convinced some of those who doubted her ability to make it in a male-dominated work environment, including members of her own family. “There is no need in our society for girls to work at workshops, it doesn’t seem nice, but it is her passion,” said her father Muhammad Nawaz. She can now set up the machinery and can work properly. I too am very happy.”