Recent Submissions

  • Violence and Discrimination against Women of Religious Minority Backgrounds in Pakistan 

    Tadros, Mariz (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-11)
    The theme of this special collection of papers, the lived experiences of women who belong to religious minorities, has been a blind spot both in international development policy engagement and in much of the international ...
  • Women Politicians Navigating the ‘Hostile Environment’ in Pakistan 

    Khan, Ayesha; Yousuf, Zonia; Naqvi, Sana (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09-21)
    Women in Pakistan operate within highly patriarchal contexts that promote their exclusion from public spaces; but those working in politics, the most public of spaces, defy these prevailing gender norms. This article ...
  • Invisible Targets of Hatred: Socioeconomically Excluded Women from Religious Minority Backgrounds 

    Tadros, Mariz (Institute of Development Studies, 2020-09)
    This paper endeavours to make visible the targeting of poor women from religious minorities in contexts where society and/or the state both engage in religious ‘otherisation’. The paper seeks to contribute to addressing ...
  • Dilemmas of Representation: Women in Pakistan’s Assemblies 

    Khan, Ayesha; Naqvi, Sana (Taylor & Francis, 2020-05-05)
    Recognizing constraints Pakistani women legislators face despite their entry into politics on a 17 per cent quota in national and provincial assemblies, it is time to rethink how quotas can lead to their political ...
  • Debating Empowerment: Men’s Views of Women’s Access to Work in Public Spaces in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir 

    Loureiro, Miguel (Taylor and Francis, 2019-11-06)
    In the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake that struck Pakistan-administered Kashmir an unprecedented number of development actors arrived in the region. Their impact influenced men’s perceptions of change in the gendered ...
  • Empowering Women Politicians in Pakistan: Views from Within 

    Khan, Ayesha; Naqvi, Sana (IDS, 2019-04-16)
    Women parliamentarians and local legislators in Pakistan still face a significant uphill battle to establish or deepen their political careers, despite recent gains such as the Election Law 2017 which mandated parties to ...
  • Beyond the Religious/Secular Binary Trap: Keeping the Focus on Gender Equality 

    Tadros, Mariz; Khan, Ayesha (IDS, 2019-03-19)
    In a global context of deep ideological, political, social and economic polarisations, it is unsurprising that fault lines exist in Western aid circles on how to engage with the role of religion in relation to gender ...
  • Women’s Political Participation in Pakistan’s Big Cities: Evidence for Reform 

    Cheema, Ali; Khan, Sarah; Liaqat, Asad; Khan Mohmand, Shandana; Kuraishi, Anam (IDS, 2019-03-08)
    Why did 11 million fewer women than men vote in Pakistan’s 2018 general elections? Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is a much higher gender gap in each province’s largest metropolitan city compared to its remaining ...
  • Invisible Citizens: Why More Women in Pakistan Do Not Vote 

    Cheema, Ali; Khan, Sarah; Khan Mohmand, Shandana; Liaqat, Asad (IDS, 2019-02-20)
    Why does a gender gap in voting exist in Pakistan? Our research looks beyond the creation of democratic spaces for women's participation, such as voter registration, to look instead at the constraints that women face in ...
  • Moving Beyond the Binary: Gender-based Activism in Pakistan 

    Khan, Ayesha; Kirmani, Nida (Warwick University, 2018-11-27)
    This article challenges the binary framework within which women in Pakistan have been viewed, by political actors, the state, and more broadly as well, as either ‘secular/feminist/godless/Westernised’ or ‘authentic/ Isl ...
  • Gender and Intersecting Inequalities in Local Government in South Asia 

    Nazneen, Sohela (IDS, 2018-01)
    This paper is an evidence review of how intersecting forms of inequalities influence women’s political participation and representation at the local level in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. The review shows that while the ...
  • Living on the Periphery: The Khawaja Siras of Pakistan 

    Majeedullah, A (IDS, 2016-01)
    Academic literature suggests that development is inherently heteronormative in its narratives, policies and practices: as a result, ‘heterosexuality is normalized, naturalized, and privileged in societies of the global ...
  • Women in Local Government: The Pakistan Experience 

    Khattak, Saba Gul (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/09/2010)
    This article looks at women's representation in local government in Pakistan, focusing particularly on the introduction of a quota setting 33 per cent of the seats for women brought in under General Musharraf's Devolution ...

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