Listen: Playlist From Pakistani Female Collective ‘Girls At Dhabas’
22 February 2017
Girls at Dhabas is a collective of feminists in Pakistan who are trying to reclaim public spaces for women. Concerned by the disappearance of women from visible, outdoor areas, they wish to define public space on their own terms while increasing female participation in them.
In light of the Why Loiter campaign and a podcast series they hope to launch soon - they wanted to find songs sung by women that were somehow, linked to the subject of exploring public spaces. In turn, the playlist is a fantastic representation of emerging music from South Asia and the brown diaspora across the world.
“We do not have any elaborate plans apart from the podcasts that we will be launching soon, but we do wish to curate music that is linked to what G@D talks about on a whole, i.e. women's quest for pleasure in public spaces. Curating music helped us observe how women also chalk out their loitering experiences through art, by creating soundscapes that have the potential to be explored just like physical spaces do. That's all there is to it really.” - Zoya