Women’s Political Participation in a Pakistani Metropolis: Navigating Gendered Household and Political SpacesPublished - Apr 1, 2019
This report uses evidence to unpack the causes underpinning the gender gap in political participation in a metropolitan city context. It looks beyond the creation of democratic spaces for women’s participation to look instead at the constraints that women face in being able to navigate social and political spaces and exercise political agency within them. It is led by a simple question — why does a gender gap in political participation exist in a big city context? We believe that answering this question allows us to interrogate the nature of the social and political contract that exists between women, households and political parties in metropolitan Pakistan, and that doing so in an urban context allows us a focused lens on the particularly tenacious constraints that women continue to face as citizens even when the more severe constraints do not exist.