Women literacy

Published February 27, 2024

WOMEN in Pakistan happen to be the most vulnerable and marginalised section of society. They are trapped in a vicious cycle of exploitation, signifying low status due to patriarchy, outmoded social norms, and other retrogressive cultural practices. The case of women exploitation and exclusion is more acute in rural areas where women lag behind men in terms of education and other basic necessities of life. It is a bitter fact that more than 12 million girls are deprived of education in Pakistan. Alarmingly, the state has failed to fulfil its respon-sibility of providing women due access to education, which is their basic right.

Education is a powerful tool that reduces conventional gender roles by giving women the confidence to participate in labour market and decision-making processes in male-dominated social structures. The government and other stakeholders should prioritise women’s education and provide them free and quality education, which will serve as both a catalyst for societal advancement and a tool for personal growth.

Moreover, discrimination based on conventional norms, values and outdated rituals should be discouraged. Instead, values based on the larger principles of inclusivity, harmony and positive thinking should be actively promoted in society.

Equal opportunities should be provided to women in both public and private spheres of life. Promoting gender equality through organising seminars, and reforming syllabi to remove all biases and gender discri- mination are crucial steps that are needed.

Women empowerment through educational and financial independence is the key to the progress of any country. By dismantling patriarchal structures and addressing misogynistic mindsets, societies can create an environment whereby women not only thrive in personal life, but also contribute to every aspect of society.

Zakir Ullah
Mardan

Published in Dawn, February 27th, 2024

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