While browsing the Pakistani blogosphere, I found out that writing, grumbling & debating about women issues is in vogue in Pakistan’s literary circle, not considering the fact that it only adds up to an already bad impression created about the country abroad. Well, I want to rest this argument once for good! -My lame attempt to stop educated Pakistanis from maligning Pakistan either intentionally or unintentionally, on International forums. Lets use our pen with responsibility.
Presenting women with financial independence and social autonomy, is often considered the precise approach to impart them power. However, the candid perspective is, empowering women is only a dream without ascertaining two fundamentals; A Blooming Economy & A Free Judiciary. And therefore, earnest political will! Integration of women into the social fabric would happen automatically with an improved economy & amplified employment opportunities. Dynamic government policies & magnanimous economic activity leading to more job generation will indirectly lead to more & more women coming out of homes to work, and hence turning them into financially self-sufficient beings.
Furthermore, enforcing women to work without any increase in jobs will only lead to more frustration in the society as now double the number of people will be applying for the same number of jobs, totting up the competition. However, by broadly improving economy, there would be enough space for both men & women in the job market in different categories. You see men doing many odd jobs that are purely a women’s domain, only because of redundancy. If job market is improved, these chores would also be available to women and even the most conservative ones would come out without eyebrows being raised.
Implying that Islam or mullahs hinder Pakistani women from coming out is totally wrong, since Pakistan is and will remain a moderate Islamic society, irrespective of what the west think of us. Taliban does not at all, are representative of Pakistani culture. 70% of village women here already work outside their homes. Attitude among urban class here has changed, in the last couple of years. Girls are outshining boys in academics these days. More & more girls are joining professions that were previously considered male dominated. More girls than boys are graduating as doctors these days!!More girls are going abroad than ever for higher education. The stereotype has broken. Albeit, more encouragement is needed.
Nonetheless, a piece of advice to those aspirant working ladies; be careful as not to be exploited. Do not mold yourself into a money making machine. Keep this engraved in your mind that the liability of bread & butter lies with the man of the house. To some it may sound old-fashioned, but tell you its very ingenious! A man inept of bearing the burden of his family is not a man enough. Be tactful, shrewd & sober!
Also, I differ from the common obsession of presuming working women as a parameter of modernity or prosperity of a particular society. Women can be very ecstatic & content inside homes. General prosperity, welfare, emotional well being, health, and freedom they hold inside households count more.
Another major concern is harassment and domestic abuse. But yet again, I address it as a minor subset of a foremost & fundamental issue i.e., Lawlessness & Injustice. Endorsing Women Empowerment Bill or Women Harassment Bill is a virtuous move indeed but ineffectual, unless law & justice is ensued. And that needs Political will. Moreover, we have a country where the rights of men, children, women, and elderly equally are being jeopardized. Had there been a situation where men & children were attaining every right & only women were being endangered, I would have totally gone for feminism.
In reality, instead of outrageously fuming over women issues, we need to build the basic infrastructure to begin with. Primarily, toil upon actual & core issues i.e.Education For All, poverty elimination, justice for all brought about by a willing headship.
In our society, Liberation of women could only come through first liberating men. An escalating economy & a free judiciary delivered through genuine political intent, would lead to social uplift anyways & will beget awareness of human as well as women rights. It will change attitude towards women without being overly skeptical about it.This is the lone recipe to resolve women issues in every developing country.
Gosh! Everything is culminating on a truthful, law-abiding political leadership, or is it just my obsession?