Adnan Akhter

Adnan Akhter

The author is a researcher on parliamentary and electoral affairs and a Chevening Scholar. He has a master degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) – University of Sussex. Currently, he is working with Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) for parliamentary and electoral reforms in Pakistan. He tweets as @dnananjum (twitter.com/dnananjum)

Do Pakistani female legislators actually represent women or merely serve as “proxies” for the wealthy and elite?

In the male dominated South Asian region, women are considered a marginalised faction of society. While describing South Asian women in politics, there are contradicting accounts. On one hand, there are examples of women like Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Hasina Wajid and Khaleda Zia as prime ministers, while on the other, the majority of women are seen as poor, illiterate and lacking political, social and economic opportunities. A general perception ascribed to women in South Asian politics is that they belong to higher social strata and certain political parties, which aides their journey into the mainstream political arenas. However, women in general still lack the opportunities to participate and represent in the ...

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