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Women’s Political Participation in Pakistan’s Big Cities: Evidence for Reform

Department For International Development

February 28
14:44 2020

Abstract

Why did 11 million fewer women than men vote in Pakistans 2018 general elections? Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is a much higher gender gap in each provinces largest metropolitan city compared to its remaining constituencies. This gap relates to mens views about womens vote and womens knowledge of politics and the electoral process. Poor knowledge is, in turn, associated with a low interest in politics, which links to the failure of political parties to directly engage women and address their issues. These challenges can be addressed with better targeted voter education campaigns and a concerted effort by political parties to engage women directly and reduce their perception of being politically invisible.

This work is part of the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

Citation

Cheema, A.; Khan, S.; Liaqat, A.; Khan Mohmand, S. and Kuraishi, A. (2019) Womens Political Participation in Pakistans Big Cities: Evidence for Reform, IDS Policy Briefing 166, Brighton: IDS

Womens Political Participation in Pakistans Big Cities: Evidence for Reform

Published 8 March 2019