6 December 2012
The Right of Education for Women in Pakistan
Education has been of central significance to the development of human society, and Women are an integral part of the society, culture, family and most importantly, a nation. In order for a woman to excel in all these spheres, she needs to be exposed to quality education. Sadly to say this is not being carried out in Pakistan due to a number of reasons. One reason is that women in rural Pakistan are expected to fulfill household duties and rearing the children. Another reason is that some women in Pakistan face many cultural obstacles. Many places in rural Pakistan are suffering from extreme poverty and therefore, cannot fund for education facilities.
Women are mainly assigned the role of homemaking and childbearing. Due to an increasing reproduction rate in Pakistan, each family has multiple children that need to be constantly cared for. The principal concerns are running the home and maintaining cohesion among family members. Among rural female activities will also include collecting fodder, milking, churning and tending of animals. She will also assist in planting and harvesting of crops. In most cases, however, as the man becomes more financially stable, his first act is to confine the women to the house.
“It is thought ‘natural’ that a woman’s place is in the house and that she has a very specific set of tasks which are thought to be universal because they are based on the biological imperatives of gender. The most important role of women, defining their entire life is the bearing and bringing up of children. A man, on the other hand, is seen as the natural ‘head of the family’, its representative in the outside world” (Akhtar, P.1).
Another reason is when the parents have to choose between their son or daughter education, they always prefer their sons education. In rural areas the rigid cultural patterns and the conservative attitude of the family...