Over the past few years, the Indian subcontinent has been home to an alarmingly high number of acts of gender-based violence. Two LSE alumni, Anushka Chaturvedi (Tata Trusts, India) and Laraib Niaz (UCL), explore the question of the fragile state of women’s safety in India and Pakistan, and draw an unfortunate parallel between the two countries in the context of violence against […]
In Pakistan, parents disproportionately prefer having male children. Rashid Javed (Pau Business School, France) and Mazhar Mughal (Pau Business School, France) argue that this preference to have a son has a direct effect on the status of women at home, however does not increase women’s involvement in familial financial matters.
On 22 October 2019, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and […]
Learning from natural disasters: Why an understanding of gender is critical to avoid disaster fatalities
By looking critically at several recent natural disasters, a new understanding of the disproportionate impact they can have on different genders can be revealed, argues Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai). Existing gender inequalities are exacerbated in disaster contexts she argues, increasing disaster losses and mortality of women and gender minorities. More and more women and gender […]
Patriarchal divisions of labour in the household, poverty and a lack of empowerment over their lives has meant women in rural Bangladesh face a litany of social and economic challenges. But if women were empowered further how would their life satisfaction improve, and, should such empowerment occur, would there be a difference in life satisfaction for both men and […]
Women working in academia in Pakistan face a challenging work environment. Shawana Fazal (Hazara University, Pakistan) explains the results of her recent qualitative study on the challenges female academics faces in Pakistan and how they perceive their male-dominated careers and workplaces.
Gender has been an important factor in availing and maintaining employment around the world. This has particularly been […]
While gender inequality in Pakistan has improved since the early 1980s, LSE alumnus Themrise Khan (Independent researcher) argues why women in Pakistan must not become complacent about the fragility of their place in society, politics and the economy. Here she takes stock of the progress made by Pakistani women and outlines the work still left to do.
When I first […]
Institutional barriers to Karen women’s political participation before and after the Karen-Burma ceasefire accords
The armed conflict in Karen State is Myanmar’s longest running civil war. Looking at three phases of the conflict Shelli Israelsen (Independent Researcher) argues how two interrelated institutions – a participatory governance system and a politically autonomous women’s group – have ushered in a new era for Karen women’s levels of political participation in their communities.
The 2012 ceasefire between […]
Low-income, educated and empowered Muslim women have tended to be viewed in opposition to their culture and religion, argue Payal P. Shah (University of South Carolina, USA) and Ayesha Khurshid (Florida State University, USA). But what can the education of two Muslim women from low-income communities in India and Pakistan reveal about the place of religion in the construction […]
While Myanmar is led by one of the world’s most recognisable female leaders, the country continues to possess a deeply traditional and patriarchal culture. Catriona Knapman explains what her and her fellow researchers discovered about social norms and expectations for young women activists in Myanmar wanting to become involved in the democratic process.
Myanmar has a traditional patriarchal culture, […]
At the second LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit Adnan Hossain (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) discussed his research on the place of Hijras in Bangladesh. Here he explains the place of the Hijras historically in Bangladesh, the significant of recent legal changes to their place in Bangladeshi society, and their status in across the region.
How have Hijras historically been viewed in Bangladesh?
Historically hijras were viewed […]