The Role of Political Parties on Women’s Participation and Representation

International IDEA Technical Paper 1/2021
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This publication is only available in electronic format
Published: 
4 November 2021
Language: 
English
Pages: 
7
ISBN: 
978-91-7671-491-1 (PDF)
Author(s): 
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu

‘Leave no one behind’ (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hence, SDG 5—‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’—is an intrinsic enabler for sustainable development and representative democracy for each country and the world at large. The SDG 5 stipulates the requisite collective action for transformation and creating conducive environments towards substantive equality for all women and girls. In order to take on the challenge of translating SDG 5 into reality for women and girls across the world, it is fundamental to address the key areas of gender inequality, such as gender-based discrimination in law and in practice, violence against women and girls, the lack of and unequal access to and ownership of economic resources, and women’s unequal participation and representation in both private and public decision-making positions.

This Technical Paper focuses on political parties’ responsibilities on achieving gender equality in politics and women’s political empowerment, particularly women’s participation and representation in positions of power and decision making at all levels.  

Contents

1. Global context: comprehensive frameworks and commitments

2. Representative democracy and political parties

3. Political parties as ‘gatekeepers’ on women’s participation and representation

4. Political parties as transformative agencies for women’s participation and representation

4.1. Political party constitutions and policy documents

4.2. Political party rules and procedures

4.3. Political party gender equality policy

4.4. Women’s units/councils/commissions in political parties

About the author

References

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