Vol. 5 No. 2 (2022): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs


Published 2022-06-29


Employment opportunities for women in Pakistan are severely limited due to widespread prejudice. Some people believe that having more women in the workforce has a beneficial effect on both the economics of the country and the health of women. World Bank and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics data on the labour force show that women's labour force participation in Pakistan is low relative to both international norms and industrialised countries. This holds true not only for the female labour force as a whole but also for the whole labour force in the country. In addition, the vast majority of women are concentrated in less formal industries, mostly agriculture. This discrimination against women has its roots in legal, political, cultural and economic factors that have a negative impact on the status of women and restrict the opportunities for employment and employment options available to women. The reasons for this discrimination are ingrained in these factors. It has been argued that an approach to comprehensive transformation should be begun in each country individually, sponsored by the media, and embraced by the population.