EXAMINATION OF THE MARRIED WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN PAKISTANI SOCIETY: A CASE STUDY OF THE DEMOGRAPHICAL VARIABLES OF MARRIED WOMEN IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS OF FAISALABAD, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN
Keywords:Education, Decision making, Empowerment, women rights
Every country has two important factors for their development, which may be socioeconomic or educational development. Regarding general education, the women education is on top of the list because if a woman is educated then it means the whole home will be educated and vice versa. Education empowers women and gives confidence to women to be involved in various factors like decision-making, control over the economic resources and social mobility. The current study was conducted about the examination of the married women’s rights in Pakistani society, which further analyzed the demographical variables of married women in urban and rural areas of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. For sampling of the study, the researchers recruited 200 married women (100 urban & 100 rural) of age 15-49 years through multi-stage sampling technique from urban and rural areas of district Faisalabad, Punjab excluding the widowed and separated women. Both urban and rural areas were further divided into sub-areas i.e., tehsils and villages. The results of the study indicated that when the married women were distributed regarding their educational qualification then the greater percentage of respondents i.e., 30.5% were only matriculated. It means that still the girls’ education is not up to the peak. This study also showed that although the women were fully aware of their educational rights but those rights were not fully practiced by the society. It was further found that practice of rights among educated women was greater than less educated or illiterate women. The current study suggests that if we the Pakistani society increase the literacy rate then the women may practice their rights through their knowledge and awareness.