An Overview of Livelihood Patterns and Related Gender Issues in PATCommunity of Southern Punjab
AWAZ Foundation Pakistan: Center for Development Services (AWAZCDS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Multan, commenced a study to have a comprehensive overview of livelihood patterns and gender issues attribute to it among PATcommunities of Southern Punjab. Before commencement of the study, the consultant along with a four-member AWAZ team has forged a strategy of RCs coupled with case study and Traverse Walk. However , information was obtained through a checklist on group basis from both males and females. The sample-based study was carried out with adults 18 years and above age including 50% women participants, only in 10 villages of four Tumans: Buzdar , Qaisrani, Khosa and Leghari located in Tehsil Tribal Area of DG Khan District. The study reveals that most of PATpopulation is consist of Baloch tribes, has an average household size of 09 persons with almost equal gender ratio. Primary level educational facilities are accessible to 50% villages only, and in 17% of the villages educational facilities are non existent. Only in 30% of the villages primary level educational facilities are accessible to females. Consequently, 85.3% women are illiterate, 13.2% have passed primary and only 1.5% women have passed their Grade-8 level education. Many male and female are unable to read even Quran.