BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Date of Submission



Dr. Laila Sohail Farooq, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


I researched on women parliamentarians and their role in bringing about effective change for women's issues. I conceptualized effective change through the passing of pro-women legislation. My interviews highlighted a number of limiting factors that affect the abilities of women parliamentarians in working for effective change. These were party influences and party lines, reserved seat candidates facing limitations in opportunity, general gender discrimination prevalent in all other professions, having to work harder and for longer hours, politicization of women's forums, intersectionality of interests, lack of easy accessibility of women parliamentarians to the public and women's organizations, lack of adequate training and religious backlash to women's issues among others. However, some pro-women legislation has been passed signifying steps in the right direction. Women have been able to work together to bring about effective change. This process just needs to keep moving in the same direction in order for more changes to be realized for women's issues.



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