Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Jun 2018 12:57:09



By sana shahbaz akbani

TRUE progress for women cannot be achieved by encouraging them to make their entry into every field of life. A better approach would be to increase their knowledge, skills, alertness and awareness in their own sphere of activity. The more a woman is endowed with these qualities, the more effective will be the part she plays in the activities of daily life.Home management is also undoubtedly great work, but the work which concerns the outside world can also certainly be performed by women, without putting themselves into uncongenial surroundings, or forcing themselves to play unfamiliar roles for which neither training nor biology has fitted them. It is a little understood fact that the role a woman plays does not depend upon her physical environment, but rather on the degree to which her intellect has been cultivated. In order to progress, it is not binding that she has to put herself into all kinds of unsafe situations in the outside world. We can understand this from the following argument. If it were put to a writer that he could serve humanity better by stepping out of his study and jumping into the boxing ring, he would surely retort that there is more to solving the problems of the world than just punching people on the nose.

He would, indeed, point out that the intellectual can best operate in his own chosen sphere and that it is not physical brashness which counts in this life, but the sharpening of the intellect. Imagine a reversal of the social structure which entails a surgeon working in a butcher’s shop, a teacher selling vegetables etc. In each case, the change of workplace and role would render useless and irrelevant the innate and acquired skills, the knowledge and the moral excellence of these highly qualified and experienced professionals. Their competence and effectiveness would moreover, be eroded by the Sense of frustration and discrimination engendered by surroundings which clearly were unsuitable for them.It is a little understood factThat the role a woman playsDoes not depend upon her physicalEnvironment, but rather on the degreeTo which her intellect has been cultivated.

Studies in biology and psychology have shown that the two genders are different in nature, each being designed for a different purpose. They are endowed by nature with different capacities so that they may play their respective roles in life with greater ease and effectiveness. Difference of biological function does not imply inequality. God also set one chapter in the name of woman in his final revelation that is chapter no. 4 (the woman). In fact differences are meant to make both genders play complementary roles and endure the challenges of life by supporting each other with their constructive capacities for which each is best suited.

It should not be looked upon as a matter of superiority or inferiority. Looked at with the right perspective, these differences are a blessing of God also mention in AL QURAN 3/195: So their sustainers’ response them that I will not waste the deeds of any doer among you any male or female. What the world perceives as a problem of inequality when it comes to oppression and degradation of women is actually a phenomenon of evil perpetrated by humans upon other humans due to the misuse of freedom. It has nothing to do with the role accorded to each gender by nature. Such evil is a part of every society. The phenomena of oppression exists between the rich and the poor, men and women, an adult and a child, people in power and the common man, the educated and the illiterate etc. The solution to this problem of backwardness of women due to lack of opportunity for progress lies in helping people to change their mindset. To this effect there should be wide efforts to raise the thinking levels of the individual to overcome such negative behaviour in society.