Decision Making Status of Rural Housewives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
A Case Study of District Mardan
This study was designed to find out the decision making profile of rural women in Pakistan. The study was delimited to one district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. In multi stage sampling union council was selected on the first step. In second step two villages of the UC were selected randomly. In third stage, 117 women were selected from already selected villages by using random sampling technique. The study was kept descriptive in nature while using a household survey baseline data was collected. The results of the study showed that majority of the respondents were of middle age, married and literate at school level. They had livestock rearing experience up to 11-15 years. Decisions regarding crop production activities and household provisions were generally dominated by male members. Similarly in they dominated in the livestock activities like breeding (79%) and marketing of animals (85.47%). The study revealed active participation of rural women in feeding (79.49%) and health care (64.10%) of animals, and women were jointly involvement in such decisions .Similarly rural women were involved in joint decisions related to food for family, medical care, and construction/repair of house. Study recommends maximum attention towards their capacity building in decision making.
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