• By: Noorulain Manzoor Hussian
  • PhD Scholar
  • IMSciences Peshawar

In Pakistan, the journey towards gender equality in the workforce is like transforming a closed door into an open pathway for women to participate in the country’s economic revival. However, this transformation is not without its challenges.

In many places, traditional norms and societal expectations limit women’s access to education and job opportunities. This results in a gender gap, where fewer women are part of the workforce compared to men. Additionally, workplace discrimination and unequal pay persist, making it harder for women to thrive in their careers. Balancing family responsibilities and work can also be a significant challenge for women in Pakistan. Other issues include harassment and violence, lack of supportive policies, limited access to finance and resources to start their own business, underrepresentation in leadership roles, transportation and safety concerns etc.

Some of the possible solutions could be; firstly, ensuring that all girls have access to quality education is crucial. When women are educated, they are better equipped to contribute to the workforce and break gender barriers.

Secondly, there should be equal opportunities for women and men. Companies and industries should provide equal opportunities for both men and women. This means fair hiring practices, promotions based on merit, and creating a workplace culture that values diversity.

Thirdly, by introducing flexible work arrangements, such as part-time options or remote work, can help women manage their professional and family responsibilities more effectively.

Fourthly, increasing awareness about the importance of gender equality and advocating for women’s rights can help challenge societal norms and eliminate stereotypes that hold women back.

Lastly, by implementing and enforcing policies that promote gender equality in the workplace and provide safety and security to women to be able to travel safely, work safely, not be harassed, and not get domestic violence can be a game-changer. This includes measures to address women’s rights and pay gaps, prevent discrimination, and support work-life balance.

The shift from exclusion to inclusion requires collective effort and a commitment to change. When women are given the same opportunities as men, they can contribute significantly to Pakistan’s economic renaissance. It’s not just about empowering women; it’s about unlocking the full potential of the entire nation.

As we pave the way for women in Pakistan’s economic landscape, we are not just breaking barriers; we are building a stronger and more prosperous future for all.

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