Intruding Intimacies: Sexual Harassment of Women Academics in Pakistani Universities

11 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2010

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Atifa Durrani

Department of Gender &Women Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, Pakistan

Rai Mohammad Nasir Ali Khan

Akhter Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD), Islamabad, Pakistan.

Date Written: August 18, 2010

Abstract

Many people in Pakistan have not recognized sexual harassment as a serious social issue in Pakistani society. Most people, including women either deny its existence or take it as a part of the normal routine of working life. This denial may be because of its namelessness. Ironically, it is not even recognized as a form of discrimination against women in the constitution of Pakistan . The academy in Pakistan inadvertently supports this policy by denying its presence in higher educational institutions. The purpose of this study was to investigate what actually constitutes sexual harassment in Pakistani context and its presence in HE institutions. The namelessness, technicalities involved and broad scope of the definitions of sexual harassment confuse the women even working in academia. They find it hard to pinpoint which types of sexually harassing behaviours may be described as sexual harassment. Six in-depth inter¬views of women academics were conducted from two universities in Pakistan. Findings from the study revealed that sexual harassment exist in HE institutions and women academics have experienced it but did not know about the term to name their experiences. This study also showed that women academics face different forms of sexual harassment, which includes psychological, physical and professional harassment from their male colleagues in academia.

Keywords: Gender, reintegration, resettlement, violence

JEL Classification: B3

Suggested Citation

Durrani, Atifa and Nasir Ali Khan, Rai Mohammad, Intruding Intimacies: Sexual Harassment of Women Academics in Pakistani Universities (August 18, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 47-56, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661169

Atifa Durrani (Contact Author)

Department of Gender &Women Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, Pakistan ( email )

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Rai Mohammad Nasir Ali Khan

Akhter Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD), Islamabad, Pakistan. ( email )

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