The women’s cricket team’s win deserves to be appreciated in a fitting manner, just as Nasim Hamid and Sara Nasir were appointed sport ambassadors by President Zardari after their success. However, recognition of their achievements must go further and translate into the state taking active steps to promote female athletes. Given that Pakistani women are often in the world headlines for all the wrong reasons, mainly with reference to the abuse of their rights, there is every reason to encourage and assist, materially and otherwise, women who have the will to win. Not only shall this empower women and help alter the patriarchal status quo, it will raise the country’s profile internationally. The humiliating cricket spot-fixing scandal will continue to haunt for a long time. Meanwhile, Pakistan can look to its sportswomen for glory. [continues]
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