Mr Danish Channa

Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Welfare Society-Pakistan
The low social and economic status of rural women and their significant contribution to the household and village economies in most areas of Pakistan are well known facts though not as well documented. It is generally agreed that their concerns and problems should be integrated into all rural development plans and programmes since their equal partnership with men alone can ensure a balanced development of society. Field visits have shown that the oft-cited constraints on women’s involvement in the development process can be overcome. There has been significant progress in terms of changes in the attitudes of men to gender segregation, as is evident from the growing demand for education for girls. Education can and will make a big difference in the lives of women as well as in their relationships with men as equal partners. Similarly, with the rapid expansion of male education in the villages, there are clear signs of change in attitudes to the protection of female health and family size. It is fair to say that in many rural communities the constraints on female education and health care are on the supply and not demand side.