The Pakistani Soul Sisters: Virtual Safe Space to Discuss Abuse, Sex, Marriage, Abortion, and Other Taboos

Published September 8th, 2020 - 06:35 GMT
The Pakistani Soul Sisters: Virtual Safe Space to Discuss Abuse, Sex, Marriage, Abortion, and Other Taboos
the platform has inspired women to talk about their fears, hopes, and ambitions. (Facebook: soulsisterspakistan)

Using a Facebook group, a young Pakistani woman has offered hundreds of thousands of other women in her country a virtual safe space, where they can discuss every topic they hesitate to talk about in the real world.

31-years old hairdresser Kanwal Ahmed had realized that women in her community need to vent out about several taboos they have no platforms to discuss, which has inspired her to start a female-only Facebook group through; which more than 250k women have finally found the place for their voices and thoughts.

Through Facebook and later other social media platforms, discussions among the Pakistani "Soul Sisters" have ranged between talking about domestic abuse, mental health, shame culture, marriage, sex, and abortion.

Using hashtags such as #StoriesFromSoulSistersPakistan and #MyBodyIsNotASecret and others, the platform has inspired women to talk about their fears, hopes, and ambitions in addition to asking each other for help and advice on women's issues, which made it a popular virtual platform offered to Pakistani women for the first time. 

 


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