Violence against Women in Politics: A Study of Backlash Effect of Gender Quota in Parliament of Pakistan

  • Dr. Sher Muhammad Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Government College Bhalwal, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Dr. Muhammad Waris Awan Assistant Professor, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Misbah Hussain PhD Scholar, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Keywords: Gender Equality, Patriarchy, Harassment, Intimidation, Socio-Economic Structures, Violence

Abstract

This paper intends to explore the “backlash“   impact of gender equality policies such as gender quotas in the shape of the resistance, provoked by male parliamentarians against their female colleagues. Such resistance exists in different shapes, such as sexist remarks, intimidation, or harassment. It is important to understand the nature and the motive behind such violence, and the effect of this violence on the performance of women legislators. The study is primarily based on semi-structured interviews with 15 female members of the National Assembly of Pakistan. It is evident from the findings of the paper that patriarchy, socio-economic structures, and the political power configurations are key elements that lead to this type of violence and it is not peculiar to only women elected on reserved seats.

Published
2020-12-26
How to Cite
Dr. Sher Muhammad, Dr. Muhammad Waris Awan, & Hussain, M. (2020). Violence against Women in Politics: A Study of Backlash Effect of Gender Quota in Parliament of Pakistan. Research Journal of Social Sciences and Economics Review (RJSSER), 1(4), 361-367. https://doi.org/10.36902/rjsser-vol1-iss4-2020(361-367)