Fizza Muzammil Bhatti

Doctoral Student

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I hold an MSc Economics from the International Islamic University in Islamabad. I been a visiting lecturer in Govt. College Women's University Faisalabad (Department of Economics) and I have worked as a Research Associate (BPS-17) in the Planning Commission of Pakistan.




Cultural rationale versus economic rationale: a case of gender inequality in Pakistan


Gender situation has been changing in Pakistan due to economic transition and cultural change like currently Ministry of Planning and Development in Pakistan with assistance from the United Nations and other donor agencies are trying to implement Sustainable Goals (SDGs). One of the SDGs is to achieve gender equality in Pakistan but the progress is very slow and needs more attention. Gender issues are considered by crucial elements in policies and strategies and also essential components for development process. If gender equality occurs the economies grow faster and poverty reduction strategies work efficiently. My research aim is to investigate the economic and cultural rationales that are working against each other in achieving gender equality in Pakistan.

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This research will add value to the existing research in the field of women empowerment and related areas of study. It will contribute to produce suggestion in developing strategy and policy by investigating the scope and challenges faced by women, providing tools, addressing needs, concerns and priorities of women in achieving gender equality with the help of opposing rationales i.e. cultural rationale and economic rationale and fill the gap by finding their relationship. It will also assess the synergies between culture and economic interventions and contribute in future legislation on gender issues in the country.

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