With the dynamics of Pakistan in mind, it is impossible to ignore the fact that its most valuable asset is indeed its youth. Comprising 50% of the total population, Pakistan’s young citizens under 20, possess the most potential to alter its socio-economic conditions. But not without the women of Pakistan taking center stage, along with the men. In Pakistan it has been an unfortunate trend -- perhaps one best displayed by the state Pakistan is currently in -- that women are thought to be non-essential in the public sphere. Nothing could be further from the truth. Where patriarchy is rife, and misogynistic attitudes are not uncommon, inhibitors like poverty and a social stigma against female education in some places, put an abysmal halt to the path of women's educational empowerment.

However, with recent examination results showing girls taking the lead, there is reason for optimism. Women and girls are not always encouraged to gain education in Pakistan, but when they do get a chance, they show themselves to excel. Women who decide to take their future into their own hands with dedication and diligence -- regardless of the discouraging environment surrounding them -- are the heroes of the future. The increase in the number of students opting to appear for standardized examinations indicates a gradual yet remarkable growth in Pakistan’s educational sector. The government must take concrete steps in order to subsidize education so that every young woman, from every household, possesses an opportunity to learn and, subsequently, prosper. Time and again, socio-political conditions remind us that easily accessible educational institutions and properly devised syllabi are the only forces that will empower the country’s young men and women, and lead them forward. For Pakistan's future, there is no greater security than in education -- especially that of the 51%.