T IS evident that the empowerment of women plays an important role in the success of nations. I believe amongst the biggest contributions of Mao Tse-Tung in China was the empowerment of women along with universal health and education. That vision has enabled China to where it is today. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched throughout the world. Women and girls are denied access to basic healthcare and education and to equal opportunities at work. They face segregation in economic, political and social decision-making and often suffer violence and discrimination. However, today many countries are visibly prospering having replicated the Chinese women empowerment model as majority of the textile workers in Bangladesh, the service industry of Philippines, etc.
I feel that women are the pillars of strength in every family and community. But for us to implement a clear vision; I feel we have excellent human resource; men and women. However, we need to tap this huge potential where almost 51 per cent of our population is not being utilized effectively. The private sector is doing whatever is possible under the circumstances – in my own company 10 per cent of the staff is women but in my opinion their contribution is visibly more than that. I am confident that with more girls getting exposure to technology and ancillary sectors, they will embrace the work place to become contributing citizens of Pakistan and prosper for themselves and the country.