Role Of Cash Transfers On Women Empowerment And Gender Equality: A Case Study Of District Mansehra
Author: Sana Siddique

Women empowerment is one of the essential components of poverty reduction and growth intervention promoting good governance and encouraging economic development. This study evaluates the conditional and unconditional cash transfer dimensions of the BISP program to identify the socio-economic loopholes in the understanding of the women dynamics in Pakistani society. The BISP program presents a two-pronged strategy of financial empowerment among women and reduction of poverty. As, 35% women population are largely affected by poverty more as compared to men. Now, micro-financing for women is useless when the internal dynamics of women social presences and power are completely neglected in constructing this program. Therefore, the researcher aims to address this issue of the society by evaluating the effectiveness of the programs introduced for women empowerment and social protection. The study explores the underlying factors responsible for not getting the desired outcomes of the BISP program among women by using qualitative analysis. The study conducted primary research based on interviews and thematic analysis of those interviews. The study is based on an in-depth capability analytical reasoning of UCCT and CCT of BISP. The sample size of the study is 40 beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme. The population of the study is Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa where this program to empower women has not been successful to deliver desirable outcomes, The same has been observed by (Kate, 2017) when she quotes that several studies showing the evidence that qualitative factors such as self-confidence and self-esteem have increased whereas the complexity of quantitative factors such as the direct impact on financial well-being of the women is hard to quantify in the short-run but the same can be observed in the long- run. Supervisor:- Dr. Usman Ahmad

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Supervisor: Usman Ahmad

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