Status of women in Pakistan

“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless their women are side by side with them…It is crime against humanity that our women are shut up with in the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.”… Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Father of the Nation.

According to facts we come to know that even after so much empowerment giving to women in last decades we are still considered as backward in perspective of giving rights to women. As we know or not we are considered as male abscessed country as a nation. We have just 21.3% women in our parliament and 23% in labor force. As of 2010, the literacy rate of females in Pakistan is at 39.6 percent compared to that of males at 67.7 percent. More recent statistics provided by the UNICEF – shows that female education amongst 15-24 year olds has increased substantially to 61.5% – an increase of 45%. Male education is at a steady rate of 71.2%. That statistics clearly define us and shows the World that so far we have done a great job. Females are educated equally like Males in urban areas such as Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. However, in rural areas, the education rate is substantially lower. This has begun to change with the issuance of government policy, by PTI , in which 70% of new schools are built for girls and that is his approach and it is appreciable.

As far as statistics shows we are going on a right path giving rights to women but still we have to do a lot as a nation and stop these women’s right violations Studies done by several organizations show that has been a 13% increase in violence against women in Pakistan in the year 2009. Rape, gang rape, domestic violations ,honor killings (Karo Kari), vani (exchange of women in settling the disputes), and forced/child marriages are some examples of women’s rights violations that have occurred in Pakistan. Honor killing, or Karo Kari, is one example of the many violent actions against women especially, in Pakistani society. Honor killing occurs when a family member because they have dishonored the family with acts that are viewed as immoral. There is also the common and accepted domestic voilance , in which husbands beat their wives when upset. In addition to this form of violence against women, their rights in rural areas are even fewer as women are plagued with fear of acid attacks etc.

Here are some notable Pakistani women :

Malala Yousafzai  is a Pakistani girl who stood up for the education of young girls and was shot by the Taliban.  Due to the amount of press coverage after the shooting, people around the world gained awareness for the lack of girls receiving a formal education in many countries.  Due to the amount of press coverage after the shooting, people around the world gained awareness for the lack of girls receiving a formal education in many countries. Before get shooted Malala is widely known as a good blogger and appreciated too as she was writing for girls since she was only 11 years old. She got so many prizes after that and got a Nobel prize too with Kylash satyarthi.

Ayesha Farooq is the first woman assigned to one of Pakistan’s front line fighter squadrons. The sky was never the limit for 26-year-old Ayesha Farooq who created history by becoming Pakistan’s front line fighter squadrons. Hailing from Bahawalpur, she is one of the 19 women who have achieved the rank of pilot in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade — there are five other female fighter pilots but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat.

She has become an inspiration of so many girls now and on Defense day a special tribute is given to him and we prove in actual words that we are not male obsessed country and rising to the heights of glory when women are side by side with us as exactly Quaid told us….!!!!

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