Role of women in Society | Women and Society

Role of women in Society | Women and Society

Role of women in Society

Women and Society: Women are the integral part of the society. Therefore Role of women in society is not defined as single. Phenomenal changes have taken place across the world in recent years, but the status and fate of women has not changed much. Their situation has become much worse.

We were recently rated as one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to the way we treat women. More than 60 years after independence, 80 per cent of Pakistani women are still subjected to domestic violence. Our country is ranked 82 out of 93 countries on the Gender Development Index and 152 out of 156 countries on the Gender Empowerment Measure. We are also among a handful of countries where there is a negative sex ratio of 100 women to 108 men. Though women have potential to play a multidimensional role from societal to organizational, yet they have been neglected. Our country’s backwardness can directly be attributed to the denied role of women in country’s development.

Quaid-e-Azam said in speech in 1944:

“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners”

Education of Women

Patriarchal men say no to education for women. Not only this, many women are also denied the opportunity for job and earn livelihood. Their occupational choices are limited due to social and cultural constraints and inherent gender bias in the labour market. They also lack supportive facilities such as childcare, transport and accommodation in the formal sector of the labour market. Women’s labour power is considered inferior because of employer’s predetermined notion of women’s primary role as homemakers. As a result of discrimination, their role is low paid and leads to lack of potential upward mobility.

However, the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) strongly emphasized on education by saying that, “It is the prime duty of men and women to acquire education”.

Islam is a comprehensive religion that gives women a great importance. However, the narrow-minded and biased religious Ulemas have always misinterpreted it to serve their wicked purposes. It amounts to neglect the real soul of Islam that gives women equality in every sphere of life.

Women can play a greater role in the development of our nation. They have a great potential to lift our nation, which is rife with problems. God has bestowed them with all capabilities and their role in any sphere whether it is social, economic, political, cultural or educational cannot be ignored. We need to utilize their talent in right place and admit their stake in country’s progress.

Women of Pakistan are highly devoted towards their role in the development of the country and they are emerging as notable members of the society.

Furthermore, they are promoting the cause of women’s status and role in the society. It must be admitted and applauded that these courageous women have not only created awareness among the fellow women about their strength and importance, but have also embedded themselves into the platforms where their demands could meet success. Now the time has come to actively integrate them in countries affairs so that we can faster the pace of progress of Pakistan. The task is very simple and women have to come out from the shackles of male superiority.

Revolutionary Dialogue  

Women empowerment has become the widest slogan of today’s world. Not only the feminists stand for it, but everyone seems to speak about it or should we say, promote the revolutionary dialogue. Albeit, when it comes to the girls’ education and its significance, most of the time we are spoken stereotypical remarks by the very people who were once observed promoting the “gender equality”. A woman comes across these absurd remarks on daily basis. The common expression through which we all might have gone through is “Hey, what’s the point to study when in the end you’ll be managing house chores?”

This is our credulity that we think our society has changed, people are groomed, and the educated urban areas have abandoned the stereotypical na├»ve ideas. But this is not the case. Instead, the literate people still discourage the higher education for girls as well as the primary or secondary education to some extent. Indeed, it is a condemn-able and mournful thought existing in our society. In their view, spending money on girls’ education is nothing but a waste of money. However, they neglect the fact that, it is the woman who brings up a child, who takes care of him, who teaches him the roots of everything. It is she who builds the manners in him, who accustoms him with the values, the culture, the language and most importantly, the ethics. The women are the ones who generates the youth in a society, who prepares them well to be able to stand and carry the nation towards its productivity, prosperity, and development. 

If a woman kept uneducated, how can we expect her kids to be groomed with the modern time? 

If she could not educate her kid, then what fruit she is providing to the nation? 

What else her goal can be, if she was deprived of knowledge?

Destruction of Nation

It’s a famous saying, “if you want to destroy a nation, destroy its women through deprivation of education”. Looks relatable, eh? Most of the population of our country is rural and uneducated including the women. Here, we have the outcome of it. The youth living in rural areas is getting minimum wages for their labor. Instead of getting education and serving the country through their hidden talents, they are busy in feeding their stomachs. Not that they chose to live like it, but they are unaware of the significance of education. They haven’t been brought up properly. Hence, the country gets the generic loss.

Women and Society and Islam

People ignoring the of status of women education are, in fact, neglecting or ignoring the teachings of Islam. The Islam never forbade the girls’ education rather it supported it by making it obligatory for them.

The hadith says

“To gain knowledge is a duty to every Muslim male and female.”

The hadith not only binds the Muslim men to get education but equally binds the women as well. Practicing the religion requires us to be educated too. But this is not enough. The person who have the knowledge should be spreading it to the people deprived of it. The hadith is the lesson for us that if we are giving our men the education, we should be giving it to our women equally. But somehow the people, advocating the women empowerment and equality of men and women, forget their basic principle when it comes to getting higher education.

Our society, especially the unprivileged area, still considers the women sitting in their homes and spending their lives within the walls as Islam. Again, they’re being cruel towards the gender as this is not Islam. The Islam doesn’t bind them like this. The teachings of Islam are far broader than we can imagine. There are so many examples set for us among the companions of Prophet PBUH. the female companions of prophet PBUH were used to go to the mosques, outside the walls of their homes, in his life and after. His PBUH wife, Khadija RA, was a businesswoman and used to go out for trading. The Aisha RA, his youngest and most beloved wife after Khadija RA, was a scholar who was used to teach the people of Madinah. Fatimah RA, his beloved daughter, was the one who used to get the water from the well, outside her home. She was used to manage the house chores and her education. These are the best ideal for the Muslim women towards their education and career, and life.

Role of women in the society where the awareness is lagging, and the concepts are all mixed up, the necessity of a movement for the cause is always the maximum. Laud to those who stand up for it and serve the country by spreading consciousness to laymen persons. 

Pakistan Alliance of Girls’ Education is indeed doing its best to diffuse their message in our society. Perhaps, it’s the greatest shout out for girls’ education across the country.

In our society, women play an important role from birth till death. Despite showing proficiency in all their roles, in today’s modern era, women seem to be standing behind men. In a male dominated society, the ability of a woman is seen as less than that of a man. Despite the government running many awareness programs, the life of a woman has become much more complicated than that of a man. If we compare the condition of women today with the condition of mythological society, then it is clearly visible that there has been some improvement in the situation. Women have started working. Contributing towards household expenses. In many areas, women have overtaken men. Day by day girls are making such records on which not only the family or society but the whole country is feeling proud.

The Government of India is also not lagging behind in the upliftment of women. In the last few years, many schemes have been run by the government which are helping women to break social shackles and at the same time motivating them to move forward. Along with closing the old times, the government has banned them legally. The main ones were child marriage, feticide, dowry system, child labor, domestic violence etc. After banning all these legally, the status of women in the society has improved a lot. The woman works for the betterment of others by tying herself in different relationships all her life we have seen women in different forms like sister, mother, wife, daughter etc. Even in urban areas, the situation is not so bad, but in rural areas, the condition of women is worrisome. The condition of women has become pathetic due to lack of proper education system. A woman gives birth to a child and fulfills all her responsibilities towards that child for the rest of her life. She does not ask for anything in return and fulfills her role with patience and without reasoning.

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