Girls’ Access to Education. The Barriers. The Solutions.

Raeesa JAVED
Posted April 22, 2013 from Pakistan

I have faced problem in accessing quality education. When I want to get admission in university, my father wants me not to go to a good university but a cheap one. But afterward my dad supported me. But I have seen many girls in Pakistan who have no access to education. The customs of different ethnic groups never allow their females to get education. So they do not have the right to think and to take part in major issues of families. Because many women do not have any information regarding health. Many have many children and many of the women die of not taking care of themselves in pregnancy. Through a survey as a field officer, I saw a pregnant woman living in a very small room, having five children and one more in her womb. She was not educated. Her children do not go to school. I observed and thought that if this woman ever had a chance to get education, may be her parents did not allow her to avail the opportunity. And now she can’t teach her children. Being uneducated is a reason of destruction of her next generation. She was not aware of family planning, so she continually was conceiving a new one. And may be after the sixth child, she can have more children. The great challenges we have is the thinking of many people who think that it is useless to educate a girl. They see women only as a sexual tool, to raise children, to do domestic work. No other plan or vision relates to the existence of women. Many families marry their daughter in a very small age, the age when she does not know the meaning and responsibilities of being a wife. So in a way women have no importance in society. The tradition is bit different in some of the cities. Many females when reaching to collage lack confidence because of lack of honor from male gender. Many women fears to do job. The fears of rape and dishonor stops them .i have faced the same thing when I studied in a coeducation university. I lack my confidence in walking n front of male gender. With the passage of time I overcome it. But still many women have the same problem. But women are struggling continually bu facing the harsh realities of life. Courage is great tools which equip a female to not only survive but also to live according to her choice. The tools of encouragement, confidence and steps of bravery can help many women to get a position in the society. Women can raise their voice by joining hands with other women who speak for rights of women. Online education can help them top be aware of the resources. Education acts like a sword and can transform the life of one person. The educations of one woman can educated the whole family. It can bring the joy of spring season. It can remove the shadows of darkness. The liberty and good use of this liberty can transform the whole society. Through education I have the courage to speak for the rights of women and to do work for justice.

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  • Aysha Ibrahim
    Apr 23, 2013
    Apr 23, 2013

    I am with you Raeesa. if you have the courage to speak then ofcourse you are brave enough to change the system either by your words or by your action. best of luck Aysha from Pakistan

  • Raeesa JAVED
    Apr 23, 2013
    Apr 23, 2013

    thank you ayesha

  • CourtneyPaige
    Apr 24, 2013
    Apr 24, 2013

    Thank you for writing Raeesa! I enjoyed your journal entry and the important points you bring up regarding education, sexual and reproductive health information, gender roles, and the role of the family. It sounds like you have been doing great work in Pakistan as a field officer, and wish you all the best with that work. I especially appreciate the point you make about one woman obtaining an education having the power to help many other women. I am curious to learn more about the specific barriers that prevent girls from going to school in Pakistan.

    Keep writing!

    Kind regards,


  • Julie Thompson
    Apr 28, 2013
    Apr 28, 2013


    You show so much strength and determination in your efforts to transform the depths of gender inequality in your community and country.

    "Education acts like a sword and can transform the life of one person", you said, and you are so right. It can also transform a society.

    Keep up the good fight, Raessa.


  • Beverly Rose
    May 06, 2013
    May 06, 2013

    Dear Raeesa,

    Thank you for having the courage to speak and write about the challenges women and girls face in your country, especially regarding education. I wonder what might be some solutions, in addition to online resources? I hope you continue to advocate for the right to education for girls/women - and continue to share your stories.

    In peace, Beverly

  • Paulina Nayra
    May 07, 2013
    May 07, 2013

    Wow. wonderful Raeesa. You write from the heart and direct to the point. It is good that you mentioned online education. If girls and women can have access to information, communication technology and can study online in the safety of their own homes then they will be spared from harassment and attacks from men and people who are against the education of women. I believe that Pakistan should pursue this track.

    Good luck Raeesa.