“Women are not the problem. They’re the solution.”
Women’s empowerment is an important issue the world is facing today. Sometimes this word loses its importance by falling into controversies. We may all be familiar with what the word means and why is this a problem for countries like Pakistan. Women’s empowerment has never been as crucial as it is now. We will look into the problem and will try to solve the riddle of why women’s empowerment is inevitable the progress of a country and it’s economy. The aspect of women empowerment we will discuss here is ‘Economic Empowerment’.
The power usually perceived around the world today is financial or economic. Those countries that have strong economies rule the world. But how economies become strong!? The more opportunities the people have for jobs, the better the GDP of the country. But in third world countries, a margin of society is far from work i.e women. In many countries, women don’t usually go to work. This is a huge potential that goes wasted.
Women’s Economic Empowerment is central to women’s rights and gender equality. By women’s Economic Empowerment we mean that women should be allowed to work in existing markets, their access and control over resources, should have control over their own time and lives. Their participation should be made sure at all levels from local to international.
When women work, the economy grows, economic diversification takes place and income equality like other positive developments. For example, elevating female employment rates in OECD countries to match that of Sweden could boost the economy by 6 trillion USD. It has been estimated that the gender gap cost economy some 15% of GDP.
The women’s participation in the world of work is still not admiring. Globally over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of a job as men. Of 189 countries, 104 countries still have restrictions for women regarding some specific jobs. Moreover, 59 counties don’t have laws regarding sexual harassment at workplaces and in 18 countries husbands can bar their wives from working.
Women are likely to be more unemployed than men. The 2017 index shows that women unemployment figure stood at 6.2 percent and for men at 5.5 percent. The sustainable development goals also strive to achieve gender equality by 2030, but that is only possible by the economic empowerment of women.
Economic Empowerment can be attained in its true sense when women will have safe environments to work. There should be harassment laws at the workplace which should deal with such cases. The wage gap between women and men needs to be eliminated. Then, we will be able to achieve the hard aim of gender equality.
In our country Pakistan there are numerous hurdles for women who work. From harassment to wage cuts, women are deprived of their basic rights. Also in our society women are more vulnerable to fall below the poverty line as they lack education and the necessary skills to earn a good life. Khudkaar is committed to empower the downtrodden section of society by offering them opportunities and making sure their access to the markets. The women who could make garments or any traditional wearings or any other things, Khudkaar will help them to sell their goods at reasonable prices. We are committed to providing wide opportunities for the people of Pakistan as empowering them is akin to empowering Pakistan.
As Kofi Annan has said: