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The women across tradition HANNAH KEZIA JOSE, Asian University for Women

Mosammat Jasmine currently is in her 50’s is still active in road, fighting with men and society and independently finding her way for her living. She is coming from a small area in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Few years after her marriage her husband abandoned her. It was a very big responsibility for her all of a sudden. However she decided to fight for her children and for herself. Mosammat jasmine chose to ride cycle rickshaw so as to earn money for her livelihood. three sons. Cycle rickshaw is one of the commonest transports in Bangladesh. Women are thought of as fragile and incapable to do this job. Mossammat decided to fight her life by riding these rickshaws, through the narrow roads of Chittagong and earn money for her family’s survival. She had to face many troubles on road as she was the only female rickshaw driver in Bangladesh. She has redefined Bangladesh’s conservative gender roles by taking this profession. Doing a job as a rickshaw puller in a conservative country like Bangladesh is remarkable.She has been riding these rickshaws for almost 5 years and earns around 600 Taka daily. She is standing as an example for the women who are restricting themselves inside their homes. She is challenging her traditions and cultures and decided to be the bread owner of her family.