Women Empowerment- A New Hope For Pakistan

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Women Empowerment- A New Hope For Pakistan

Pakistan has gone through crucial times and under a very dark era of policy-making and proliferation of fundamentalist ideology that was supported by some to retain their power, we as a nation have been held back in a very dark time, not necessarily during the middle ages of history but in modern times. I, as a witness and not an intellectual in this scenario, strongly believe that the Pakistani state has decided to recalibrate itself and that Pakistan is on the verge of changing history. This is indeed inevitable and shall be explained in detail in this blog.

We as a nation are radical and extreme due to the nature of birth of this state. Radicalism and extremism themselves are not concepts to be frowned upon – they can be channelled towards the betterment of humanity. Perhaps I am one of the few who believe that the major power-brokers in Pakistani society have decided on a course of change.

When I used the word verge, I used it extensively in this moment of Pakistani history. This verge signifies CHANGE!

Some hard facts which cannot be ignored about this country: a population of around 250 million (nearly the population of the whole of United States of America) sitting in the middle of an epileptic war between the religious and political sects and parties.

Among one of the many things that we have been facing globally is related to women being discriminated in a predominantly male society. Pakistan is now fighting the fight against its current economic system with one hand tied against its back. That hand is the female population which has to be free in order to unleash the total potential and strength of Pakistan. What I am trying to say is that this country, just because of its serious gender discrimination, is suffering a loss of 50% of its total population. We can quote countries like Turkey as examples. Our women should be at par with their male counterparts and can even utilize their efficiency in the manufacturing industry. If we change the mindset over basic issues like rights of women, education and healthcare, we can overcome poverty and that will encourage women to open up and initiate dialogue about their issues. We need to make efforts to bring the women at par with their male counterparts or at least to allow them a fair chance and opportunity to pursue what is duly theirs because it is not only a question of gender discrimination but also a serious economic concern. Therefore, initiatives need to be taken to at least start dialogue towards the steps required to be undertaken for a greater integration of women in the society.

Efforts and steps need to be taken for women empowerment, which will undoubtedly make a major impact on the mindset of the society as a whole. Such change will also broaden women’s representation publicly, including their participation and representation in politics. It is a stated fact that inequality is lower in countries where more women have been engaged in public life. There is also evidence that suggests that women in local government and political roles make decisions with better outcomes for their communities than men do when faced with budgetary or other decisions. Having more women participate in the regular workforce will contribute to and boost the country’s economic performance and it’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Additionally, as women become more economically independent, they also become more significant consumers of goods and services, including for the majority of purchasing decisions of the household. Research has also shown that women are more likely than men to invest a larger proportion of their household income to the education and health of their children.

Our aim and mission as intellectuals and legislators should be to bring the potential 30-40% of GDP on record. As a country desperately seeking to recalibrate itself, we the citizens need your help and your expertise, and by “we” I mean the educated of the society, the intellectuals, the academics. We have an opportunity to get a 100 million people documented in terms of economic activity. Are you ready to ignore it or accept it and bring a change?

 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of CourtingTheLaw.com or any other organization with which she might be associated.

Hamna Zain

The writer is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, UK and is a founding partner of Zen Law Chambers. She also works as a corporate lawyer at Coca Cola and provides pro bono services for women and minority rights in Badin and Thar. She can be contacted at hamna@zen.com.pk



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One Comment;

  1. Areej Rehan said:

    Women empowerment is positive for whole country. A point well made. But so far I have read, the facts mentioned by the writer are not backed by any reference. That is severely problematic. Plus the meaning of empowerment must be elucidated.

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