Climate Change and Violence Against Women: Study of A Flood-Affected Population in The Rural Area of Sindh, Pakistan

Memon, F. S. . (2020). Climate Change and Violence Against Women: Study of A Flood-Affected Population in The Rural Area of Sindh, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-E-Niswan, 27(1), 65-85

DOI: 10.46521/pjws.027.01.0039

21 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2020

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Falak Shad Memon

Institute of Business Management (Iobm)

Date Written: July 7, 2020

Abstract

Climate-induced gender-based violence is an emerging area of study. Although studies on women and climate change are not new, a fresh understanding of gender-based issues and related problems are becoming of greater concern now. Women in Pakistan are generally at a disadvantage due to their societally- perceived norms, roles and responsibilities. This study aims to examine the experiences of women in flood settlement camps and to identify an association between natural disasters and violence against women. For this study, with the help of qualitative research methodology, 20 women were interviewed in the flood-prone areas of Sindh. Findings show that most women experience different types of violence, physical as well as emotional, committed by partners and even by complete strangers. The rate of such violence rises when women are displaced and are in temporary shelter facilities during a post-disaster period. Committing violence under such situations results in critical implications for both women victims and the development and implementation of gender-sensitive climate change and disaster planning policies.

Keywords: Climate Change, Disaster, Gender-Based Violence, Pakistan, Flood Shelter-Homes

Suggested Citation

Memon, Falak Shad, Climate Change and Violence Against Women: Study of A Flood-Affected Population in The Rural Area of Sindh, Pakistan (July 7, 2020). Memon, F. S. . (2020). Climate Change and Violence Against Women: Study of A Flood-Affected Population in The Rural Area of Sindh, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-E-Niswan, 27(1), 65-85, DOI: 10.46521/pjws.027.01.0039, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3650270

Falak Shad Memon (Contact Author)

Institute of Business Management (Iobm) ( email )

Plot # 84
Korangi Creek
Karachi, Sindh 75190
Pakistan

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