Socio-Cultural Determinants of Women’s Homelessness: A Study of Dar-ul-Aman, Multan
Home is an integral element of the Pakistani family system, and the idea of home is deeply embedded in Pakistani women’s consciousness. The prime objective of this study is to explore the socio-cultural factors responsible for women’s homelessness. This study highlights various determinants that lead women to leave their homes. The issue of women fleeing from their homes is a matter of disregard in Pakistan’s culture, such an action is considered as an issue of family’s self-image, respect, and honour. In the present study, Marxist and feminist lenses have been used to indicate women’s secondary status that is responsible for their homelessness. Interviews of twenty-five women were conducted in Government Dar-ul-AmanMultan, Pakistan. Purposive sampling was used to select the respondents. The age range of informants was 14 to 55. All married, unmarried and single women, widows and divorcees were part of the sample. Analysis was conducted following the assortment of information from the field thematic analysis. This study uncovers the variables liable for women's displacement like gender-based violence, which is an intense issue globally and has a significant role in the secondary status of women in Pakistan. Some other important factors like poor financial status, forced marriages, absence of education, parents’ discriminatory behaviour and various kinds of violence affect women physically, socially and emotionally
 Dar-ul-Aman is an asylum that provides refuge, protection and security to homeless women.
Rasheed, Mahwish; Tahir, Tayyaba Batool; and Zulfiqar, Zahid
"Socio-Cultural Determinants of Women’s Homelessness: A Study of Dar-ul-Aman, Multan,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
5, Article 33.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss5/33