Gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AISHA ZA­MAN

The gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion is an­other very im­por­tant fac­tor in the de­cline of Pak­istan as male are be­ing given pri­or­ity over fe­males in this coun­try, where fe­males are more in num­ber. Ed­u­ca­tion for women and girls is a hu­man right, en­shrined in in­ter­na­tional law, but 796 adults are il­lit­er­ate and two third of them are women.

A strong ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with the prin­ci­ple of non-dis­crim­i­na­tion is vi­tal to re­dress gen­der in­jus­tice in so­ci­ety. Ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy and prac­tice must en­sure equal­ity of ex­pe­ri­ence for both sexes. Ed­u­ca­tion for women and girls must be avail­able, ac­cept­able and adapt­able. 6 in 10 women can­not read this para just be­cause of lack of ed­u­ca­tion. Some par­ents think that it’s to­tally use­less to give ed­u­ca­tion to their daugh­ter or it’s a waste of money whereas they make their son ed­u­cated so he could pro­vide shel­ter to them.

This back­ward think­ing should be changed. There should be equal­ity. Equal op­por­tu­nity should be given to both males and fe­males. The rules and reg­u­la­tions of Is­lam should not be over­ruled. This is not only in ed­u­ca­tion it hap­pen­ing as well as in the work places. Gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion in the work­place is against the law. How­ever, there are still ob­sta­cles in many firms which pre­vent women from achiev­ing the pro­mo­tion that their talent and qual­i­fi­ca­tion de­serve.

Oth­ers see it as ev­i­dence that many men are re­sis­tant to change and are still chau­vin­ist at heart, while some may feel that fail­ure to pro­mote women to top jobs is a re­sult of feel­ings of in­se­cu­rity in the men who are mak­ing the ap­point­ments. Per­haps they are afraid of let­ting women be­come too pow­er­ful. Women and girls have right to get ed­u­ca­tion or a good em­ploy­ment. It’s time to make it right for women and girls. —Via email

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