Women empowerment refers generally to the augmentation of freedom of choice, their right to have access to opportunities and resources, their right to have freedom to control their own lives and their right to make decisions. In Pakistan females are almost 52 percent of the total population and with their active participation Pakistan can become a healthier, better educated, more peaceful, more prosperous and developed country. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are vital tools to achieve the required level of growth rate and developmental goals.
In Pakistan the situation is changing rapidly, women are acquiring higher education and working in all fields and becoming empowered. Although we are living in a male dominating society but still the typical trend for women are changing with time. Women has made the place in all walks of life and now most of them are allowed to work, study and enjoy their rights but still many things have to be done and should be improved on urgent basis. In Pakistan women are facing problems in every aspects of life and are working hard for empowering themselves. Women are the future mothers and when they will be educated, confident and strong in return our nation will be educated and empowered.
Although Separate Ministry for women development have been established which is working for providing ease and basic necessities to women but a lot more work and effort is required for improving the condition of women in Pakistan. There is crucial need to upgrade the status of woman in our society and it is only possible if she is given the rights of education, worship, freedom of opinion, freedom of making decision and economic freedom.
Few people have misconception that women freedom and empowerment is not necessary and is foreign countries agenda but their thinking is false. Women have been facing problems of gender inequalities all over the world. Quran and the Hadith also emphasize on the protection of legal and mental rights of women.
In short woman of our country need support of her family and close relations in order to contribute their share in the progress and sustainable development of our society.
“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of houses as prisoners” (Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 1944)