"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," – John Kennedy

Climate change has raised the risks of impending food shortages in Pakistan. Changes in weather patterns including extended periods of drought and heavy rainfall harm the agriculture cycle and produce. The burgeoning population has resulted in increased consumption of basic food items. However, the produce remains limited as the agriculture sector has stuck to outdated agricultural practices and methods.
The extensive use of artificial fertiliser is resulting in soil degradation making the soil less fertile for future farming. A lack of investment and research has impeded progress in modern farming practices and techniques. In addition, import bans and challenging economic circumstances have affected the prices of essential food items.
Policymakers need to take comprehensive measures to address this looming catastrophe. Farmers should be introduced to modern techniques and methods along with climate-resilient seeds. Public-private partnerships should be established to boost investments and research in the agriculture sector. In addition, there must be increased emphasis on population control to curtail the negative impact of a large population.

Across the country, girls are often restricted from engaging in activities as basic as playing cricket simply due to conservative mindsets. While safety concerns are valid, it is unjust to deprive girls of their right to enjoy sports and physical activities. We must take proactive measures to challenge these deeply ingrained beliefs and create an inclusive environment for everyone.
The authorities should initiate comprehensive awareness programmes to dismantle these beliefs and improve girls’ participation in sports. These programmes should promote female athletes, encourage dialogue with religious leaders and create safe spaces for women to pursue their interests without fear or prejudice. Additionally, integrating sports into school curricula can play a significant role in breaking gender stereotypes and fostering a sense of equality from a young age.
Furthermore, it is essential to engage men and boys in this conversation. By encouraging them to stand up for the rights of their sisters, daughters and friends, we can create a more supportive and empathetic society. Men and boys can play a vital role as allies in promoting gender equality and challenging societal norms that limit the potential of women and girls. I believe that by taking these proactive steps, we can gradually shift our society towards a more inclusive and equal future. We must work together to dismantle the barriers that restrict the opportunities of half of our population based on their gender.