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Global Gender Report: Is Women empowerment still a vague concept?

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Despite an additional quarter of a billion women entering the global workforce since 2006, wage inequality persists, with women only now earning what men did a decade ago, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2015.The global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics has narrowed by only 4 per cent in the past 10 years, with the economic gap closing by just 3pc, suggesting it will take another 118 years — or until 2133 — to close this gap completely, says the report released by the World Economic Forum this week. For educational attainment, one of the four pillars mentioned in the report, the picture is mixed. Overall, the gender gap now stands at 95pc, or 5pc away from parity. This is an improvement on the 92pc where it stood in 2006. Worldwide, 25 countries have now closed their gap completely, with the most progress having been made in university education, where women now make up the majority of students in nearly 100 countries. More than a century has passed since the Suffragette Movement activated a mass gender shift not just in terms of political franchising but by opening up social structures, economic institutions and educational opportunities for women. Since then, women have made unimaginable strides in bridging this arbitrary and biased gap. Despite mobilising against the ‘glass ceiling’ that hinders a woman’s professional advancement, the gender gap persists due to the prevalence of other inherent disparities, sustained by the inability of women to make a lasting dent through their rightful demands. There is logically no reason to pay women less than men for the same work. Truth is, due to a lack of access to education in traditional structures, women cannot move beyond the status patriarchy assigns to them, thereby being excluded from developing necessary skills to be part of the workforce. The reality of this lingering hangover persists in rural and urban centres alike. In theory, the national narrative does not advocate this stark inequality. Quaid-e-Azam, our founding father, went as far as to say: “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you.” It is in Pakistan’s interest to mobilize this huge human resource that has the capacity to boost the crumbling economy. Instead of inhibiting the progress of almost half the population, it is a 21st century prerogative to strengthen institutions that don’t just effectively empower women, but in fact encourage an educated female mindset that is able to take control of its own future.

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