Khawaja Zargham bin Aamer

There are more than ninty five million women residing in Pakistan means they are 51 per cent of total population, clearly indicating significance of empowering women in our society.

When the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report ranked Pakistan at the bottom of the league, 133 out of the 135 countries. Further more, World Bank’s reports stated that women constituted only 28 per cent of the country’s labour force. Less than 45 per cent women have the ability to read and write in Pakistan let alone have access to higher education. HRCO report revealed that only two per cent Pakistani women participate in formal sector of employment.

When government of Pakistan decided to pass Domestic Violence Bill, Senate of the country rejected it saying  that the bill was not ‘male-friendly’ and was contradictory to Islamic law.  However, despite all odds, hope is still alive. The United Nations (UN) and other Non Government Organisations NGOs are working to bring about a change to this regime. They aim to bring literacy rate for women up to 85 per cent by year 2015. Now government of Pakistan has succeeded in passing several bills that protect the rights of women.  While economic conditions of women in the country are significantly improving, we can expect to see women achieve their rightful role in society.