As a blogger I am always looking for topics and issues to write about. One topic that I would like to write about in my next blogs is about the women of Pakistan. Women in Pakistan, are generally perceived to be confined to their houses in a tightly controlled society. Although, generally true, the trends are changing day by day. More than half of the women population is now finding avenues to express themselves and come out the shell they have been encased in for many centuries. However, there is a marked difference in their lives in urban and rural areas. While most urbanized women can now get from basic to masters level education, the women in rural areas are still struggling to reach up to secondary level of education. In this blog I will talk about the rural women in particular.
The Rural Women count for the majority of female population. From daily household routine to joining their men folk in the fields at the time of harvest, women are active partners in the daily life in the rural areas. However, they generally do not have a share in the income and lack adequate empowerment – but so do most women in the developing countries. Generally the rural women are not only subjected to financial discrimination, but they are often also victims of inhuman customs and laws such as Karo Kari (the honor killing by relatives of the girl if she elopes with a man of her own choosing) and marriage to the Quran to save the family property to being transferred outside the family. Though, now people are voicing concern about these age old stringent self proclaimed local laws, much still needs to be done. An active women specific NGO, “The Women’s Action Forum” is playing a central role in exposing the controversy regarding various interpretations of Islamic law and its role in a modern state, and in publicizing ways in which women can play a more active role in politics. Vocational and technical training for women tended to increase lately and training schools in non-traditional fields such as electric technology, computer technology, etc. are also increasing. However, many of the training programs by the government still cling to traditional fields such as sewing and embroidery where wages are low and employment opportunities are few.