Women em­pow­er­ment

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

VISHA GHOURI

You can tell the con­di­tion of the na­tion by look­ing at the sta­tus of its women. Em­pow­er­ment of any sec­tion of a so­ci­ety is a myth un­til they are con­ferred equal­ity be­fore law. Lot have been talked about the em­pow­er­ment of women in con­tem­po­rary times but em­pow­er­ment of women is grad­ual and com­pli­cated process.

It in­volves chang­ing the way of think­ing of whole so­ci­ety. From long times it has been printed on a mind of ev­ery one that women are in­fe­rior to men. It is not easy to change the stub­born at­ti­tude of the peo­ple in the so­ci­ety. The em­pow­er­ment of women is fa­cil­i­tated through ef­fec­tive pro­vi­sion of nu­tri­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, health, gen­der sen­si­ti­sa­tion and elim­i­na­tion of all form of vi­o­lence done against women. Plenty of lip ser­vice is paid to the idea of equal­ity of women and men but no one can deny that women have to face just by the virtue of their gen­der. Women have been the vic­tims of vi­o­lence and dis­crim­i­na­tion all through the ages in all so­ci­ety, cul­tures and re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties.

Ef­forts and at­tempts of the government and so­ci­ety can be vi­su­al­ized to up lift the women. Ed­u­ca­tion, equal job op­por­tu­ni­ties, no gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, Safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and women par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­i­tics are some of the glances of women em­pow­er­ment but on the same page it is fact that day af­ter day crimes are also reach­ing new heights. There are rapes mur­ders as­saults, pros­ti­tu­tion, and what not against women. Women have to bear the brunt of vi­o­lence, dis­crim­i­na­tion and lack of em­pow­er­ment- even in de­vel­oped coun­tries women are not re­lied upon to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of a key post. Why? Are to­day’s women re­ally pro­gress­ing and get­ting em­pow­er­ment? Has the at­ti­tude of men to­wards women changed? All these ques­tions call for the an­swers which are some­how still miss­ing. —Via email

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