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Published Date: Dec 1, 2004
Women and Poverty: Salient Findings from a Gendered Analysis of a Quasi-Anthropological Study in Rural Punjab and Sindh (R-28)
Lubna Nazir Chaudhry
The report is an analysis based on a qualitative investigation of poverty in Pakistan by means of in-depth studies of six villages in six different agro-ecological zones in Punjab and Sindh. A quasi-anthropological methodology was employed to collect data through focus groups at village and community levels, in-depth interviews/discussions with individuals and smaller groups, and household questionnaires. The focus in this paper is on rural women’s constructions and experiences of poverty, their vulnerability and insecurity, and the contexualization of these in broader local and societal processes. The paper presents the salient findings of the study with respect to the following dimensions: the axes of difference among women in the sites; constructions of poor women; livelihoods and food security; health; education; rule of law; shocks; electoral processes; access to resources and assets; women’s insecurity; and women’s agency. The report ends with policy recommendations and directions for future research.