Gender and violence in urban Pakistan

Duration: June 2013 – June 2015                                                                                                                                  Funding: CA$497,300

Research focus
Expectations of gender roles may play a significant role in fueling different types of violence. Researchers will investigate drivers that establish gender roles and the part they play in shaping violence among urban youth in four working-class neighbourhoods of Karachi and Rawalpindi/Islamabad.

The challenge
Young adult women are the most under-studied actors in urban violence. A deeper understanding of perceptions of men and women around gender roles is being missed, as are the links between notions of masculinity and behaviour, especially in the Pakistani context. Understanding the origin of violence requires an understanding of the links between violence and socially constructed ideas of masculinity and femininity.

The research
Researchers will investigate how gender roles may underlie different types of violence. They will also examine how improved access to public services, opportunities, public education, and media might change and/or reduce violence in urban Pakistan.

The project seeks to:

Expected outcomes

The research will produce an understanding of the social capital and the creation of violent spaces in the communities. The study will produce the following outputs:

Technical Reports

- Karachi Scoping Study
- Rawalpindi-Islamabad Scoping Study