Asmat Khan

Asmat Khan

The author is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the EU Funded Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment Programme. He completed his Masters in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics in 2016. He tweets @asmatkhan19 (twitter.com/asmatkhan19)

Women empowerment in rural Balochistan: Applause is louder and real when men and women clap together as equals

In December 2017, I paid a visit to the Kech District in Balochistan, during which I had a very stimulating interaction with members of the community organisations formed by the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP). However, the biggest surprise for me undeniably was to see the social mobilisation of local women, as they participated in the meetings alongside the male members of their village. Such a high rate of female participation in these meetings was a shock, to say the least, particularly given the conservative nature of the province of Balochistan. Decision-making here is a domain solely belonging to its men, ...

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