Gender-based violence blocks Pakistan’s economic development

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Despite some advances in women’s rights in Pakistan, economic and political unrest has increased gender-based violence in the country. A system of legal oppression perpetuated by the country’s customary justice, low female literacy and regional autonomy act as barriers to women’s safety and labour force participation. Simeon Djankov and Emaan Siddique explain why these issues matter for Pakistan as the country prepares for February’s general elections.

Published on LSE Business Review