Challenges for women in Pakistan
We are living in a world where women play an equal role as men, but this is not happening in Pakistan. Women are not getting common rights, so it is very hard for them to play an equal role in society. Education is the basic right of every human begin but women in Pakistan are not getting it. Girls are begin attacked in tribal areas for going to schools. We have an example like Malala Yousafzai.
She was just attacked because she was getting an education. Terrorists attacked her. Nowadays women are having some opportunities, but it is hard to avail of those. They face much criticism not only from society but also form their family and relatives. In our society people see the woman as a worker who is meant to do the house chores, they cannot see her as the independent woman who runs her family and help her husband or father to run the house financially.
Riding a bike is crime for women in Pakistan?
A few days back a picture got viral in social media on which a girl was riding a bike. A debate of comments started on social media where the people were criticizing her and few of them were supporting her. Men and women debating on different things some of them were debating on her outfit and some of them were saying how unethical it is for a woman to ride the bike.
Harassment and rape are the next big issues which are Pakistani women facing. I think there are very few women left in our country who are not being harassed and many of them do not file a case against those people because of society and unfortunately, these harassment change into bigger crimes like rapes.
People lack awareness and do not understand the need to train men on how to behave or respect women in Pakistan. There is a reason why sexual assaults are not reported. First is that our community does allow us to report these cases and secondly our court work exploits the victim
In the constitution of Pakistan, it is stated that:
Whoever commits rape shall be punished with death or imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten years or more, than twenty-five years and shall also be liable to fine.
When rape is committed by two or more persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life.
As these laws are present in Pakistan but still the victim does not get justice as they don’t file a complaint.
But some women had become educated and doing jobs and taking care of their families, but they are facing the problems. People say that men and women are equal and they all should be given equal opportunities, but this is not happening in Pakistan. If a woman gets an education, when she enters the professional line and tries to get a job there are few opportunities for her and in their professional lives, they are also harassed.
Discrimination in professional field
In Pakistan, if there is a job in a company and they had two eligible candidates one is male and the other is female so the company will choose the male candidate. In some cases, the woman gets the jobs, but it becomes tough for her to maintain the balance between personal and professional lives.
Their spouse gets insecure and they start doubting her and they start restricting the freedom of females and when they try to fight back, it ignites the fire of domestic. In Pakistan women are not safe on roads, they do not feel safe walking alone on road without any guardian and they are trained on how to behave or how to avoid the problems which are not negligible.
They should be trained on how to face the problems or how to fight back. If we can provide women safety and educate both genders on how to respect and behave in front of each other then we can create a better world.