Ghani animals based in Karachi can also be sold online on social media sites titled ‘Desi Cows’.
In Pakistan, the livestock business – cows, buffaloes, sheep, goats and camels peak when the entire country is filled with cattle markets with sellers piling sacrificial animals for sale before Eid al-Adha.
Every year, these markets are filled with buyers and sellers, more than 95 percent of whom are men.
However, this year, the peak of the biggest livestock market in Karachi is not animals. It is a young woman, who destroys and challenges gender stereotypes by standing among men to care for and sell sacrificial animals.
The Karachi cattle market on Super Highway is by far the most prominent cattle market in the country, filled with hundreds of thousands of animals and attracts buyers all the time.
Ayesha Ghani, 21, can be seen caring for and selling sacrificial animals on the cattle market ahead of this Eid al-Adha. This might not be the usual take out. However, Ghani became a woman, of course destroying stereotypes because this market did not see a woman doing such tasks in the past.
Ghani is a resident of Karachi and is seen standing on the market every day, selling at least 36 head of cattle, herds and calves, with prices ranging from Rs 130,000 to Rs700,000.
“I keep these animals at home. That’s why I have special affection for them,” Ayesha Ghani said.
Ghani also brings a new trend of online purchases because his animals are also sold online on social media sites titled “Desi Cow”.
“Most buyers are looking for animals that are available at economical prices, while prices have skyrocketed this year due to inflation,” he said, adding that business was slowing down this year amid a coronavirus outbreak.
“I have been an animal lover all my life. However, this is the first time I have personally sold animals on the market,” he said.
Ghani hopes that women will be encouraged to see it and be more involved in this work. However, the challenges she faced as a woman, standing in a male-dominated market were “bound to the surface at first”.
“However, girls do face many difficulties in our society, but I have taken the first step and hope to see more women and girls move forward,” Ghani said.
“Today, women are second to none and they don’t have to consider themselves inferior to anyone. We can advance in every field,” he added.
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