Empowering Women

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“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.”- Muhammad Ali Jinaah

Women are marking in every fields from agriculture to health and technology in Pakistan. Women’s rights are being accepted and increasing number of educated women. Civil society have started denouncing violence against women. Now Pakistani women leaders are working in diverse sectors from agriculture, health and technology and contributing on national and international level adding to Pakistan’s development. Most importantly now trends are changing in sports and society started accepting women being an athlete. Most recently 12 year-old Selena Khawaja become the youngest person to climb one of the 8,000m giants of K2 basement. Sana Mir is the first name that comes to mind when one talks about women’s cricket in Pakistan. She is real source of inspiration for the young generation of women cricketers.In the region and the Muslim world Lieutenant General Nigar Johar is the first woman three-star general in Pakistan’s history and made us proud in 2020. Dr Sania Nishtar is described as a passionate leader who has a deep understanding of her field of work as a leader in global health and development who is currently serving as Special Assistant of Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection.

Similarly, there are prominent names such as, Tahira Safdar, Dr. Shireen Mazari and Dr. Maleeha Lodhi who are making huge contributions for their country.Hence, safe to say that female involvement is ensuring stability, long-term development and progress of the nation.  Although female participation in workforce is low, however, with increase in the access to resources, training and education, women will have better opportunities to take part in economic development of the society.In a developing country like Pakistan, women’s full participation and efforts are required to move towards becoming a developed nation.

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