Women Empowerment in Pakistan:
Women empowerment is necessary for the progress of any society and Pakistan is no exception. The hurdles in the way of women empowerment in Pakistan include illiteracy, economic depravity, feudalism and misinterpretation of religion. These obstacles must be overcome for the socio-economic uplift of the country and promotion of moderate, balanced and progressive society.
- Women: Equal but different rights to men
- The state is taking necessary steps for the promotion of women empowerment in the country.
Islamic View about Women Empowerment:
Social Rights Empowerment:
- Equality of gender
- Education for all irrespective of gender
- Consent for marriage
- Right to maintenance allowance
- Share in Inheritance
- Right to own property in her own name
- Right to carry out business
Elements Responsible for Women Subjugation in Pakistan:
- Deep rooted consideration of women as weaker sex.
- Misinterpretation of religion
- Economic dependence on men
- Strong patriarchal society
- Under representation of women in politics and policy making circles
- Snail-pace growth of private economic sector
Repercussion of low women status:
- Slow Economic Growth
- High Population Growth rate
- Increase in Religious extremism
- Domestic Violence
- Formation of conservative society
- Bad image of the country in the international community
Suggested actions to empower and emancipate women:
- Setting up of educational institutions in rural areas with focus on women education
- Job quota for women
- More representation of women in electoral politics
- Appointment of female judges to deal with women issues
- Establishment of Day care facilities
- Special loan on easy terms for women entrepreneurs
- Pro-active role of mass media and NGOs.
Women empowerment will have great impact not only on the lives of women, but on the entire nation. The economic condition of the country would improve as the result of women participation in the workforce. Women are integral part of society, in fact, more important than men. Giving them their due rights is in the overall benefit of the country.