Abstract

Educated women are fundamental to ending sex discrimination by reducing poverty, which increases discrimination in developing countries. Gender equality is no longer seen simply as a problem of social justice. In order to ensure that women have equal rights, resources and opportunities within a community, making their voices heard is widely recognized as essential to the growth and development of a community. Women's education is the most effective tool for changing their position in society. Educating women in Pakistan was a necessity as education is a milestone in women's empowerment. Education also leads to a reduction in inequalities and functions as a way to improve their status within the family and develops the concept of participation. The major objective of the present study was to explore the role of the universities of Southern Punjab to foster social justice and women empowerment in the community. The study was carried out in three districts namely Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Bahawalpur of South Punjab region. A sample of 30 alumni of the universities of Southern Punjab from various organizations was selected through purposive sampling technique. A semi-structured interview was used to collect information from respthe ondents. It was concluded that university education is improving gender equality, helping the community to adopt liberal attitudes towards women, moderately improving women empowerment and mobility.