An Analysis of Patriarchy, Gendered Socialization and Its Impact on the Socio- Economic Status of Women in District Dir Lower
The concepts of patriarchal norms and gendered socialization are an important aspect of determining women's socio-economic position and status in rural Pakistan. Women constitute fifty-two percent of the population of Pakistan, encounters patriarchy and its related norms as a major barrier towards their low social, economic and political status in comparison to men. In this regard, patriarchal standards negatively influence women’s social status and minimize their role in decision-making. The present study aims to know about prevalence and impact of these norms on women and to know how these norms are used by men as a socio-economic power. The study was carried out in District Dir Lower of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while applying qualitative approach and using convenient sampling techniques. Primary data was collected from total 60 respondents (30 male and 30 female), in three village councils including Asbanr, Kotigram and Khanpur. The collected data was qualitatively analyzed under various themes in order to clarify the issue under study. The study concludes that the socio-economic status of women remain low due to the prevailing socio-cultural norms which supporting men It is suggested that priority to women's education and economic activities shall be given for their social empowerment and development.