Women's Work-life Balance Experiences, Challenges & Coping Strategies During COVID-19 within the Pakistani Context


  • Nayab Javed Department of Gender Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Asma Seemi Malik Department of Sociology, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
  • Faseha Khalid Departmrnt of Gender & Development Studies ___Lahore College for Women University, Lahore


Work-Life Balance , Workplace , Pandemic , Employees , Experiences , Maternal Policies


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Pakistani economy worldwide. This research was purposed to explore experiences, challenging factors, and coping strategies of female employees' work-life balance during a pandemic. For this research qualitative research design was used. To gather information Interviews were conducted. The semi-structured interview protocol was used for conducting interviews. Four participants were selected through purposive sampling. Participants were selected from the public and private sectors of education sectors and multinational companies. Transcribed interviews were analyzed by thematic analysis. The study findings showed that participants faced social mobility restrictions during a pandemic and those females who got family support faced a lack of children interruption while working. The workload on females increased both in personal and professional life. Moreover, employees had to learn new skills to continue their work from home for example teachers learned different software to deliver lectures. Initially, they faced many issues like technology-related issues, irresponsible behavior of students, and lack of maternal policies. This study would help understand issues faced by female employees to maintain work-life balance so that in the future if the situation is processed or continues then organizations can help their employees by giving them better maternal policies and devise strategies to minimize household burden on the employees.


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Javed, N. ., Seemi Malik, A., & Khalid , F. (2024). Women’s Work-life Balance Experiences, Challenges & Coping Strategies During COVID-19 within the Pakistani Context. Pakistan Journal of Gender Studies, 24(1), 177–194. Retrieved from https://socialsciencejournals.pjgs-ws.com/index.php/PJGS/article/view/732