Women's Autonomy in India and Pakistan: The Influence of Religion and Region

  title={Women's Autonomy in India and Pakistan: The Influence of Religion and Region},
  author={Shireen J. Jejeebhoy and Zeba A. Sathar},
  journal={Population and Development Review},
THE CULTURES OF South Asia are largely gender stratified, characterized by patrilineal descent, patrilocal residence, inheritance and succession practices that exclude women, and hierarchical relations in which the patriarch or his relatives have authority over family members. Levels and patterns of female autonomy vary considerably within the region, however, and the question is why. Two arguments have been advanced in the literature to support the hypothesis that women in Pakistan have less… 

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