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Opportunities & Challenges of Women's Political Participation in India (2012)- iCRW/UN Women

Opportunities & Challenges of Women's Political Participation in India (2012)- iCRW/UN Women

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A Synthesis of Research Findings from
Select Districts in India. "There is growing momentum among
governments and civil society to foster
and ensure women’s participation and
leadership in the political arena, and specifically
within local governance structures..."
A Synthesis of Research Findings from
Select Districts in India. "There is growing momentum among
governments and civil society to foster
and ensure women’s participation and
leadership in the political arena, and specifically
within local governance structures..."

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Opportunities andChallenges of Women's PoliticalParticipation in India
A Synthesis of Research Findings fromSelect Districts in India
2012
 
Research in Government of India-UN Women Programme, ‘Promong Women’s Polical Leadership andGovernance in India and South Asia’
In 2009, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, India signed an agreement with Unifem, now UN Women, South Asia Regional Oce toiniate a three-year programme entled ‘Promong Women’s Polical Leadership and Governance in India and South Asia’. Theprogramme aims to empower elected women representaves in local governance to make public policy and resource allocaon pat-terns responsive to women’s human rights. The programme covers 5 countries of South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, andPakistan). In India, the programme is co-owned by the Ministry of Panchaya Raj, Government of India.The Programme has been designed with the spirit to capture the specic issues and challenges with regard to women’s policalempowerment that each country experiences. This is a demand driven programme that seeks to understand and address issues of women’s parcipaon in local governance from the grassroots perspecve. Generaon of a body of knowledge on women’s policalleadership and governance in India and South Asia is one of the key outcomes of the programme.There are two main purposes of the research component of the programme –(a) To build a body of knowledge on women’s polical leadership and governance in India and South Asia – this is especially signi-cant since no on-going programme on women’s polical empowerment in the South Asia region is working at the grassrootslevel – down at the level of the village councils. This being the value addion of the programme in the region, and there beingvery lile exisng policy literature which analyses governance at its fundamental grassroots instuon; this programme pro-vides an opportunity to develop innovave and unique literature based on experiences from the programme on strengtheningvillage councils – the structure of local governance closest to ordinary cizens – to enable women as equal and fair parcipantsand decision makers at the local level.(b) As we build this body of knowledge, the data gathered from eld experiences will in turn help to inform programme implementa-on and ne tune the intervenon strategies as the programme progresses. Such a large and complex programme is, by nature,dynamic, and hence useful feedback in terms of baseline data, focused studies such as barriers and promoters of women’s poli-cal leadership and governance in India and South Asia throughout the course of the programme will be useful for the programmeintervenons.
UN Women
UN Women is the United Naons organizaon dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global championfor women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeng their rights worldwide.UN Women supports United Naons Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works withgovernments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. Its standsbehind women’s equal parcipaon in all aspects of life, focusing on ve priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and parcipa-on; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economicempowerment; and making gender equality central to naonal development planning and budgeng. UN Women also coordinatesand promotes the United Naons system’s work in advancing gender equality.
Disclaimer:
The views expressed in this publicaon are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of UN Women, theUnited Naons or any of its aliated organizaons.
Internaonal Centre for Research on Women
The Internaonal Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research instute with headquarters in Washington D.C., andregional oces in Nairobi, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. We also have project oce in Mumbai. ICRW is comprised of social sciensts,economists, public health specialists and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender relaons. We are thought leaders drivenby passion to alleviate poverty and recfy injusce in the world. And we believe that women and girls – in collaboraon with menand boys – are essenal to the soluons. We know that when their quality of life improves, families are healthier and economies arestronger. ICRW’s mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and ght poverty in the developing world. To accomplishthis, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, praccal ways tochange policies and programs.
 
Opportunies and Challenges of Women’s Polical Parcipaon in India
A Synthesis of Research Findings from Select Districts in India
ICRW – UN Women Joint Publicaon
2012

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