Pakistan ranks high on the list of countries with rampant discrimination against sex. In a country, where religion is often used as an excuse to bind shackles around girl’s feet, being a girl in this patriarchal society is hardly less than a crime. From infanticide to honor killing to other abhorrent traditions such as wanni, being a woman in Pakistan is a tall order. Moreover, acid attacks, child marriages, sexual assault, are only some of the other consequences that women in Pakistan have to bear for the crime of being born a female.
Be it the educational sector or any other, one can observe a stark difference in the number of boys and girls enrolled in any program at school, colleges, and universities. In fact, there …show more content…
It seemed that women might get some support from the government against discrimination against sex. But these things which looked good on paper, hold little merit in the real world as far as Pakistan is concerned. Girls and women are still sexually exploited, there is a disparity in the number of men and women in any professional setting, and it is still frowned upon for a woman to demand to excise her right to an education or express a desire to work or to have an equal status as a man. Any woman who expresses such desires or dares to stand up against the societal norms and the accepted stencil of the standard woman in Pakistan is dubbed as masculine, pariah, tomboy or a freak. To the extent that the woman herself starts questioning herself regarding her choice to rebel against the accepted stencil.
But this is only one side of the story. Search for the words ‘discrimination against sex’ and the first several results will display findings related to gender discrimination against women only. True, women have a tough time in Pakistan, but being a man is not much easier. The expectations, demands, and cliches associated with men are much different from those associated with women but are not any less existent. The matter is made even more complicated due to the lack of media coverage and awareness associated with gender discrimination against men in