Women Participation in the Political Decision-Making
The Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) is considered as a transformational catalyst for women globally to consider their rights of participation in the processes of public administration. This resolution “holds out a promise to women across the globe that their rights will be protected and that barriers to their equal participation and full involvement in the maintenance and promotion of sustainable peace will be removed” (UN Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council on women, peace and security, 2004). In an era of administrative reform, women in Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Iraq and Sudan are raising their voices for social reconstruction. This paper is a reflection of women participation in the political decision-making in order to reconstruct their communities. Through comparative analysis of diverse countries, limits and constraints are discussed that prevent women to participate equally with men in administration and governance. Strategies and limitations to encourage women participation are considered. Women participation can be considered as a tool for empowerment that encourages their representation in sustainable development.
Keywords: Women Participation, Political Decision-Making, Conventions, Comparative Analysis
Prof. Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad
Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Management and Administration, North-West University