What has turned our evident gender crisis to an invisible sentiment!

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Living in a theocratic country under the slogan of democratic rule, we have failed to address the deep-rooted extremity of gender inequality that has affected the nation’s growth immensely. The fact that a nation consisting of 100 million women with 50 million women between 15-55 years of age [1] having productivity of virtually zero speaks for itself. The use of term “productivity” is related to socio-economic contribution of women in gross domestic product (GDP) of the country. An instant speculation can be made by saying that the high unemployment rate can be a considerable reason for it, but No. High unemployment rate is just the tip of the iceberg. Close to three-quarters of the women population is not allowed working and the number for women to pursue a full academic career is even more.

 

There are several indicators that can be viewed as some prime factors, but the cultural boundaries embedded in our ancestral approach have played the biggest role by aiding patriarchy, declining the right of proper education to women over religious misconceptions, and their early marriages. Moreover, the situation is worse in outland areas of Pakistan where a woman can’t even leave her home without a male. In such regions, there is no concept of equality with a population of 120 million out of 200 million of the entire country. [1] The males are considered as breadwinners and females as homemakers. This leads the burden of economic affairs to the other half; the male population and furthermore, plainly depriving the country from working class populace to spongers.

 

The sad reality is that in last seven decades, nothing is done to overcome these cultural misapprehensions on a larger scale. The urban areas have slowly moved towards gender parity, but rural areas still reflect as a middle-eastern civilization of 20th century. Both the democratic and autocratic governments have failed to provide a reasonable impact to such a thin frame of mind. It is supposed as more of a religious view rather cultural one, hence neglecting it on the notion of faith; which is entirely wrong. Moreover, certain elements have restricted this change on personal grounds.

 

May it be the religious, cultural, or social aspects; this mindset needs to change if the country has to grow. Keeping it an invisible sentiment would only make things difficult. Especially, the increasing population and tapered resources, require a bigger educated working class for economic sustainability of this country.

 

 

Source: CIA World Fact-book
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pk.html

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