Society has little acceptance for skilled women

RAWALPINDI: A lack of acceptance of women’s skills by the male-dominated society has forced them from the workspace and confined them to homes.

This was stated by National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz during the concluding session of a five-day workshop on ‘Women in Leadership and Management: Opportunities and Challenges’ at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in Rawalpindi.

Mumtaz said that said that the society’s behaviour was confining even educated women to their homes, adding that there was a need to tackle this societal mindset to ensure true change.

“The Punjab government has given important status to women in the public sector and they have been given representation in every institution,” she said, adding that women can play effective roles in any field.

Addressing the ceremony, FJWU Vice Chancellor Dr Samina Amin Qadir said that the rapidly changing global and local higher education scenario has necessitated the development of human resource in all its aspects.

“It is important to train women for taking on decision-making responsibilities in the universities,” she suggested.

She further said that the rapid globalization process of the 21s t century has made women in developing countries more vulnerable and viable to marginalization in the society. She said it is inevitable for the women of developing countries to acquire new knowledge, skills and approaches to cope with the modern challenges.

Dr Qadir added that it was time to develop leadership qualities and management skills in women to enable them to meet the challenges of a modern world.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2018.

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