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Strong Economy Demands Women Empowerment To Be Sustained



Women Empowerment in Pakistan

Long ago, gender stereotype was a dominant factor in society, but in today’s time it has become very distant and old fashioned. This era believes in gender equality. It is not hidden fact that women have left no any field to make their footprints.  By proving themselves in every parameter they have created their place in every sector. Gender equality does not merely empowers women but also plays its part in the development of whole nation
As said before, gender equality has the contributing role in nation’s development, but in Pakistan female workforce has an approximately contribution of 30.14 percent to the national economy, according to a report by the International Labor Force (ILO). 

This figure shows that a very low ratio of women contributes to the economic growth of the country, however, women have the abundance potential to use and help it to boost national economy. The report stated that women population of Pakistan comprises of 52% of the total population, out of which only 22% to 30% contribute to the economy and this figure of women contribution in economy is not helping for the developing countries such as Pakistan. 

Moreover, Shaheen sarwar, an economist from the private sector, said that the female workforce is very important for the economic stability of a country as, without their participation growth of the economy is not possible. She also added Pakistan has one of the lowest rations of women in the country’s workplace as compared to other developing countries. She insisted that their number should be increased in future and suggested that the gender gap of the workforce must be decreased by up to 40% to ensure the country’s economic growth.

 Along with highlighting problem, Shaheen sarwar also shared a solution that conducive environment should be created where women feel safe and secure. In this way, he emphasis policy makers and private sectors to work on ground issues rather than just paying attention towards employability. 

Nasira Ali Naina, Senior Vice President Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the steps should be taken to increase the number of women in the labor force in different sectors of Industry. 

She added that the Women’s chamber of commerce has been striving to address this matter in order to have an equal share of women in the country’s economy besides having better wages for them


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Nimirta Wadhwani

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