The nation needs to acknowledge the fact that women are also human beings and should not be treated as subordinates.
No nation can progress by keeping women in the dark. If women remain uneducated, then a nation cannot develop. Consequently, women’s education is vital to the progress of a country.
Pakistan has the lowest literacy rate in the world. Pakistan has a population of more than 2 million, of which around 49.2% is women. If such a huge sector of the population is illiterate it means half of the population is illiterate. Women play an instrumental role in the development and growth of the nation. Women can make our country’s institutions stronger. The nation needs to acknowledge the fact that women are also human beings and should not be treated as subordinates. We also need to motivate our women to engage in all nation-building activities along with men.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that achieving education is obligatory for every Muslim man and woman. This hadith emphasizes the importance of education that’s why the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had said that it is obligatory for all. A mother’s arms are the first lyceum for her child. If the mother is educated, obviously she does things properly like bringing up her children and helping them to lead a worthy life.
A famous anonymous African has said: if you educate a man you educate an individual and if you educate a woman you educate a nation. Education is a weapon that carves out a progressive path for women and their families.
Additionally, the laws made for women’s protection and rights need to be implemented in their true spirit. Our nation will only achieve success when women are accorded their due status.
Written by Iqra Javed Iqbal | Lahore