Mar 132017
 

A large number of events and celebrations were held on International Women’s Day. Women were also appreciated for their contribution to the country’s economy. However, we still have a long way to go before women are empowered in the true sense. We are living in a patriarchal society, where men consider it their responsibility to make key decisions about a woman’s life. The literacy rate among girls is alarmingly low. This is largely because the ‘men’ in particular family don’t want the girls to study. This is why the country has yet to emerge from the scourge of child and forced marriages.

We need to eliminate this oppressive and dominating attitude held towards women. A girl should be allowed to make her own decisions. Women’s empowerment should not only be restricted to allowing a woman to leave the four walls of her house to work. We have to let her voice her opinions.

Hadia Aziz

Islamabad

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