Women in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the world’s nine most populous countries with very low overall literacy rates and even more glaring gender disparities. The attainment of literacy and basic education is a human right, and the linkage between the education, decreasing fertility and improved health, have made education a necessity for the success of national development programs.

The persistence of trial, feudal and patriarchal structures has perpetuated the culture of stereotyped roles for girls and women. The socialization process creates gender differences from childhood, and together with the early age of marriage, early and frequent pregnancies, large family size, and the perception of the limited reproductive and domestic roles of women place restrictions on their mobility and participation in the productive process and decision-making. More specifically, they inhibit the participation of girls and women in education and training programs. The rate of illiteracy is a severe impediment the advancement of women. Inequalities exist
at different levels of education, with gender gap increasing with each additional level. Opportunities for female education and training have been far more limited than for males. During the last decade, women have achieved only marginal gains in education, and continue to be disadvantaged at all levels and training. 

The role of women in the national reconstruction of Pakistan is significant. Their influence in the character formation of children and their contribution to the development of a healthy and progressive society has been recognized. In fact Islam was the first world system which raised women form the depth to which they had been relegated and placed them at par with men.
This is the reason why Muslim women in the past used to be educated and well-informed persons. When we look back to the chapters of our golden history, we find that Muslim women quite actively participated in all walks of life

Equality of women with men was recognized in every sphere of human activity. Their level of education, intellectual capacity and
technical skill plays a very important role in the economic and social development of a country. If a woman is educated, the whole family is educated and educated family is the valuable asset to and investment of a nation. Recognizing the importance of female education, our Holy Prophet (peace be upon Him) says: “one who brings up two daughters and give them good education shall be with me in heaven.”

Pakistan is an ideological state. Islam provides equal educational opportunities to men and women and recognizes the importance
of training on the right lines. From its very inception Pakistan inherited many problems. Low level of education of both male and female was amongst one of its problems.

Illiteracy especially among the female masses hinders the development of clean, healthy and disease-free environment and the
upbringing of properly educated and adequately nourished children. A society at large can only reap fruits of its efforts to the extent it has invested in the education of its females.