Women Participation in the Political Decision-Making

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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
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Women Participation in the Political Decision-Making


Prof. Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad

Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Management and Administration, North-West University
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa

Dr. Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Rajasthan, India. She is specialized in Public Administration with additional qualifications in Business Management and Public Relations. She was a Research Fellow at the York University in Canada. She has authored three books and contributed chapters to books. She has published 26 research papers in accredited and non-accredited journals. She has presented 37 research papers in conferences in South Africa, India, Japan, Namibia and United Arab Emirates. She is a life-member of nine professional bodies of Public Administration and Higher Education in India and South Africa. Her main research areas of interest are service delivery, public policy, gender issues and governance.

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