Gender discrimination refers to unfair treatment or inequitable differences between distinct groups of people in society in terms of rights, opportunities, and status.
Gender discrimination has developed several social and economic problems around the world and especially in Pakistan. The aim of gender sensitization is to make people aware of the power relations between men and women in society and to understand the importance of equality in society.
When the whole world is striving for equality and freedom, we are still paralyzed with constraints. The constraints which do not allow our society to perceive men and women equal to each other, the constraints which do not allow the liberalization of society, the constraints which do not allow equal opportunities for women, the constraints which still make it difficult for women to roam freely, the constraints which hamper our international image and the constraints which do not allow our society to progress.
is a central component of development. Yet Pakistan currently ranks the second lowest country in the world for gender equality, according to the Global Gender Gap Index.
Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 but in all these years we are not liberated. We claim to be independent but we are still in chains. We need to set free from these constraints.
We need to build a society where women are treated equal to men, we need to build a society where decisions are not made on the basis of gender, we need to build a society where Mukhtara Mie is not rapped, we need to build a society where Malala(s) are allowed to go to school, we need to build a society where justice prevails, we need to build a society where girls are not forced to early marriages and we need to build a society which is free from all such evils.
Although, The Constitution of Pakistan recognizes equality between men and women (Art. 25(2) states “There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex”) but also recognizes as valid Sharia law (Chapter 3A. – Federal Shariat Court).
We may have failed in all these years but now let us stand together to dream of a better society, a society which is gender sensitized, a society where rape is not justified by revealing clothes, a society where harassment is not a social norm, and a society which is not only sovereign but liberated and enlightened.