Should I be thrilled?
The Women’s Excellence Awards 2007 were held on Sunday June 17 at the Marriott Hotel in Karachi. I received an Award – “ICT Woman of the Year”. Whereas my father and my friends were delighted that I had been “recognized” for the efforts I had put in day and night for the ICT industry from 2003 – 2006, I didn’t really feel too much of a thrill. Was that because I generally feel that when awards are separated according to gender, it is be-littling to the woman? I ask myself am I being recognized because I managed to do something for the ICT sector despite being a woman? There were also awards given to the Woman Banker of the Year and Woman Manager of the Year – signifying that women couldn’t hold their own if the Awards were generic?
My question is if the award I was given was in recognition for my contribution to the ICT industry … you know like I am not a separate creature but am being recognized as a professional in a particular industry, would I then not have qualified? These aren’t questions that will keep me awake at night but I do wonder if women in this country will ever be recognized for what they achieve because they have beaten all odds, because they are good at what they do and because they deserve to be recognized. Or will they always be made to feel like they are being given a “special mention” so that their feelings aren’t hurt? Anyway, here is a picture of me and my Award such as it is.
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