International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Socio-Cultural Obstacles to Women's Participation in Politics, In Rural Areas of Balochistan, Pakistan
Shumaila Umer, Zaheruddin Othman, Kalthum Bt Haji Hassan

Women’s equality in terms of political participation is hindered by customs and traditions. Women in Pakistan are restrained by old customs and traditions that limit their involvement and contribution within the four walls of their home. This study investigates various socio-cultural barriers to Baloch women’s participation in political life in Balochistan, Pakistan. Data for the study was obtained through interviews using snowball (chain referral) sampling method. Respondents were interviewed until saturation was reached. It has been found that sociocultural norms are the barriers that prevent Balochwomen from participating in political activities. Sociopolitical conditions prevailing in Balochistan are found to influence women empowerment thereby depriving them of improved quality of life. The result of this study can be useful for policymakers in formulating policies that will lead to emancipation of Baloch and Pakistani women.

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