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Published on Sep 1, 2011
This was the goal of Al-Haadi Musalla of Toronto - the sponsors of my short film 'Rishta' (The Bond). The theme of the film is the important debate on working women and the story/script was provided by the sponsors.
The idea was not to prevent all women from working but rather the film looks at the 'collateral damage' resulting from the thoughtless pursuit of the 'perceived satisfaction' of being a working woman.
Some women do need to work for economic reasons but that is not the case with all working women.
There is a perceived emotional satisfaction of being a career woman but that needs to be weighed against the losses that occur in the family life. We need to fix up our priorities.
Many children have lost their mothers and their family lives because both parents are focused on their work and careers. We need to think whether this great loss is worth the emotional satisfaction of a career.
Can this satisfaction be achieved by women by being more socially active instead of taking up a career? Can a man leave his job instead and focus on his children? Will a father sitting at home for the children be able to substitute the loss of a mother for the children? This film raises these questions that we all need to sit and answer - for the sake of our children...
This film was sponsored for the isaale thawaab of the Marhoomeen mentioned at the end of the film. Please pray for them and for all those who participated in the making of this film.