Shifting Trends of Women’s Participation in Local Government in Pakistan: A Study With Special Focus on Sindh Province

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Dr. Naima Tabassum
Tabassum Afzal
Huma Tabassum


This paper focuses on women’s political participation in local government in Pakistan. The argument is based on the data and information collected form secondary sources of data such as books, research reports, official statistics, papers, internet, etc. Firstly, the paper describes the history of women’s participation at the local government level of politics in Pakistan in a chronological order. Secondly, it highlights the changing patterns of quota allocation for women at this lowest tier of formal political institution in the country. It also explains the effects of enhanced quota on increasing women’s participation in local government councils. It further highlights the shifting pattern of women’s political participation form elite women’s exclusive participation in politics to opening doors of political forums at this lowest level for non elite, less educated women coming from low income groups in the country.

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