Women Facilitation Center provided more than 100 vulnerable women access to justice. Balochistan Session Court Bar Room renovated under USAID funded sub grant of Gender Equity Program.
Revival of My Professional Career As Lawyer

 


I, Farzana Khilji, joined law as profession in Balochistan a province with dominant tribal and fuedal norms and traditions. Balochistan is a province where women are still struggling for their improved and acknowleged status. On the other hand, women's existance in the profession of law is yet a big challenge since institutional support is not available.

 

I was struggling with the hardship of profession as new lawyer that my husband was killed in target killing incidence at Quetta, Balochistan. With two children, It was difficult for me to shoulder the economic burden of the family esp. at a stage where my professional career was yet to take off. But due to initial hardship in the profession of law, I was not able to excel around the professional growth and was forced to leave the profession. Due to financial hardships, I was unable to attend the chamber for my professional grooming.

 

After a few months of discontinuation of practicing as lawyers, a team from Change thru Empowerment (CTE) approached me and informed that it had launched anine months' paid apprenticeship for the professional development of young women laywers & women law graduates under the Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This brought a hope for me, I was very much excited and applied to join.

 

I was deputed as Internee Lawyers with Virgo Law Chamber, Quetta. I started attending the chamber regularly and soon after started appearing in the Court of Law. Soon I was able to absorb the necessary knowledge. My lawyering skills were also getting improved day by day. Attending chamber was the only way to develop my career and it was made possible by the paid apprenticeship of CTE under the Gender Equity Program. The stipind paid enabled me to bear my mobility costs for attending the Courts and Chamber regularly.

 

Other than the apprenticeship, I got various training opportunities and represetation on lawyers forums at provincial and national levels. I got exposure to the women's rights agenda and became part of struggle for ending violence against women. 

 

Now, I am praticing the law even after the completion of apprenticeship, I am continuing the profession because now my skills have improved enough to increase my clientele resulting in uplifting my financial status as well.

 

CTE's initiative under GEP has changed my life. I would have never got back to the profession if the initial support in my professional development would have not been there. Apprenticeship, capacity building and exposure served as an effective launching pad for my accending professional career and I am back to serve the society as a Women Lawyer.

 

  Revival of My Professional Career As Lawyer
 
I, Farzana Khilji, joined law as profession in Balochistan a province with dominant tribal and fuedal norms and traditions. Balochistan is a province where women are still struggling for their improved and acknowleged status. On the other hand, women's existance in the profession of law is yet a big challenge since institutional support is not available...
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