There are some universities in Pakistan where the number of girls exceeds that of boys. Photo by US Embassy in Pakistan on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.
A recent period of reforms has had a profound effect on higher education opportunities for Pakistan's women. The British Council's Maryam Rab provides the numbers before this week's education dialogue in Colombo on women in higher education leadership.
'Women don’t only have to prove themselves worthy of the job. They also have to prove they are worthy of the job "despite" their gender.' Photo by Umar Farooq
The British Council’s Maryam Rab recounts some of the reactions when Pakistan founded its first women’s university in 1998 and how the university has helped women assert themselves. The post comes before our higher education dialogue, Dangerous Demographics, in Colombo on the low number of women leaders in higher education around the world.
The number of women in higher education surpasses men at undergraduate level in many South Asian countries, but where are the women leaders? Photo at Fatima Jinnah Women University by U.S. Embassy Pakistan under Creative Commons licence.
'There is a general misconception that in South Asia it's a scenario of disasters, whether it's human disasters or natural disasters.' - Pragna Patel
In this third part of our series of brief interviews on the UK-South Asia relationship, Pragna Patel, founding member of Women Against Fundamentalism and Southall Black Sisters (SBS), talks about the wisdom South Asia can share with the UK on developing an egalitarian society.
'The UK in general is able to embrace people from various ethnicities' – Rahul Kansal
In this second part of our series of brief interviews on the UK-South Asia relationship, Rahul Kansal, President of The Times of India, explains why he believes South Asia could be stronger as a region and how young South Asians are better placed to cultivate relations with the UK.