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 Qualitative Research Report, 2014

In the context of any developing country, the status of girls and women is often measured as in terms of their education, legal rights, economic independence, empowerment as well as the roles they play in their families and society. The status of girls and women implies a comparison with the status of boys and men and is, therefore, a significant reflection of the gender equality in any society. Over the past few decades, girls and women in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan have made tremendous progress towards the achievement of education, better job prospects, and overall social and political empowerment despite having many challenges and resistance from the patriarchal society. These gains and achievements as well as changes and increased opportunities for girls and women particularly in relation to higher education and paid employments were reflected in the interviews conducted by the Research Assistants of the Asian University for Women’s ‘The impact of changes in Employment and Education Opportunities for Women in Gender Relations in the Family’ project funded by the Ford Foundation. Based on the qualitative data from the interviews, following changes, opportunities, and new challenges have been identified in the context of the four countries. 

Qualitative Research Workshop (May 2014)

Afghanistan (Kabul) 

Afghanistan Qualitative Country Report

Bangladesh (Chittagong and Dhaka) 

Bangladesh Qualitative Country Report *Draft

India (Uttarakhand, and Kerela)

India Qualitative Country Report *Draft

Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi)

Pakistan Qualitative Country Report

Quantitative Research Report, 2015

These reports have been prepared with keeping in mind the research objectives of this study, which are:
  1. To document change and opportunities for women;
  2. To describe how these changes and opportunities are perceived in Muslim communities in these countries by both men and women; and
  3. To understand how these changing experiences for women are impacting on gender relations in the family
Therefore, these report provides descriptive summaries of key indicators in relation to perceptions of opportunities for girls/women, gender relation attitudes, and gender relations behaviors in the family.

Quantitative Research Workshop (May 2015)

Afghanistan (Kabul) 

Afghanistan Country Report Survey Data

Bangladesh (Chittagong and Dhaka) 

Bangladesh Country Report Survey Data

India (Bihar, Uttarakhand, and Kerela)

India Country Report Survey Data

Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi)

Pakistan Country Report Survey Data

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