> Women’s Equality Day 26th August 2021

28th of August 2021

Did you know that every year Women’s Equality Day is marked on the 26th August?
This is to highlight the importance of female participation and equality in all spheres of life and society.

With events taking place across the world –the day is a reminder to celebrate to achievements of women who are making a difference in their communities despite the disadvantage and social barriers they face.

Cultural attitudes, financial difficulties and a lack of opportunities prevent girls and young women from completing their education and achieving their full potential.

At READ Foundation, we are committed to supporting female equality and empowerment through the provision of education and learning opportunities for disadvantaged children. This has helped tens of thousands of girls receive an education and build a more equitable world.

Fakhra

One such example is Fakhra Bashir, from Samahni in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.  Her father passed away when she was an infant, leaving her mother to raise her and her siblings alone.  Fortunately, she was able to enrol Fakhra at a READ Foundation Primary School as part of their Orphan Sponsorship Programme. Fakhra worked hard and eventually completed a B.Sc in 2016, and a Bachelors in Education in 2020. She is now studying for a Masters in Education and has joined READ Foundation as teacher.

Fakhra said that she “always liked teaching and after my B.Sc. I found this opportunity to teach science subjects at primary level at my former school.

Fakher’s story is one of many students who have benefitted from READ Foundation’s approach to providing quality education. Many have gone on to become female role models that have further helped inspire other young women and increased the number of girls receiving an education in Pakistan.

They have also contributed to increasing the balance of female to male student ratio in schools, raised the number of female students achieving high examination grades, have become bread winners in their households and showed their equal economic value with male counterparts with their communities.