Mai Jori Jamali a peasant farmer belonging to a village called Ghulam Muhammad Jamali in Baluchistan filed to contest the bye-election on the vacant seat of Baluchistan Assembly PB 25 Jaffarabad – I on March 10th 2010. Her papers have been accepted and declared correct after scrutiny. Mai Jori is illiterate and helps her husband in farming she also looks after her nine children. She brings water for the family after traveling 2 km distance and was shot into prominence in 1978 due to Pat Feeder Kisan movement when progressive and trade unions leaders had started living in the Goth area for the sake of movement.
Mai Jori is contesting from the area which was recently brought into focus for the infamous and heinous crime against women where a few women were buried alive in 2008 in a case of Honor Killing. Mai Jori Jamali is contesting election on party ticket of Awami Party Pakistan.
It is being reported that Mai Jori and her relatives have taken this decision to dare to fight with outdated customs of women brutality in the region.
Awami Party leader Ramzan Memon said that “Mai Jori will prove that politics even election politics is possible with money and high level patronization. Mai Jori will lead the long march by foot from village to village as part of election campaign against Pajeros and high level influence. They also demanded from the government to ensure enabling environment so that Mai Jori can feel herself safe during election campaign and in future too”
Naturally an election campaign requires some level of funding and a collection has already been initiated from the voters of the constituency while a strong appeal is being made to democratic and progressive people for their support and contributions. Simultaneously a more recent effort is being made to gather a list of potential volunteers who would help in the monitoring of a free and fair polling day.
Her effort to rally electoral support kicking off with a door to door Haqooq March [Rights’ March] on 1st March to the 8th of March where she and fellow women colleagues will walk through a number of villages this on immediate impact shows the courage of women to break one major traditional taboo about woman’s mobility in the area
I believe that Mai Jori deserves our unconditional support from every where in the country and abroad it will give inspiration to other women irrespective of their political affiliation to come forward and resist and break free from various heinous customs and traditions used against women, like Karo-Kari and honor killing amongst many other issues