Ayesha Omar Talks About Being a Bold Woman in Pak

In an interview at Mira Sethi's show 'Hello!', Ayesha Omar talks about the difficulties of a single mother and being labeled a 'bold woman' in Pakistan.

Long-time school friends, Ayesha Omar and Mira Sethi recently got together for an interview for Mira Sethi’s latest show called “Hello!” In the interview, both gorgeous women discussed the struggles of being a ‘bold’ woman in Pakistan and how society perceives this word.

“For me, the word bold means self-sufficient,” said host Mira Sethi, as she asked Ayesha Omar what she believes is the reason behind its problematic connotations.”From what I see… observing the mindset growing up in Pakistan, women are expected to be subdued. They shouldn’t be too outspoken, confident, or feel self-assured. What we see in our content and even in our dramas, bold means you’re brave, you’re speaking your mind and that goes against that mindset. If a woman is bold, she is considered rebellious, going against the values, and is a bad example.” says Ayesha Omar.

“So it’s a stereotype and I would definitely want to be bold rather than scared,” she added, revealing that after her father’s death, she was raised by her mom. “My mother had to be extremely hands-on and self-sufficient because she had to juggle finances, housework, career, and children altogether,” Ayesha Omar told Mira Sethi, adding that she is her biggest inspiration to date.

“Even till now, we’ve never had domestic help in my mother’s house in Lahore. She thinks it’s also a great way to stay in shape,” she laughed, adding that she does everything herself too. “My reflex action first thing in the morning is to make my own bed etc. It’s been there in me since childhood, so even if I have domestic staff, I still do everything myself,” Ayesha Omar added further that she was an active supporter of women’s right ever since she saw her mother’s situation.

“When my father passed away, my mother was too traumatised to stand up for what shares were his from the business, and that’s why we lost everything. She had no idea what to do, she couldn’t fight with two small children, and that is why we had to move and start a new life. She was so young, she didn’t fight for her rights. I think that stuck in my head,” Ayesha Omar told Mira Sethi, saying that contributed to her being so vocal about women’s rights today.

Ayesha Omar and Mira Sethi further went on to have a detailed conversation about the struggles a modern woman has to face in Pakistani society today. Ayesha Omar is truly an inspiration for women across the country, we love how she is such an icon preaching feminism so strongly! Kudos to single moms everywhere.

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