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Women's Leadership and Participation: Case studies on learning for action

Women's Leadership and Participation: Case studies on learning for action

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Published by Oxfam
Women across the world bear a disproportionate burden of poverty in terms of material deprivation, discrimination, and denial of their basic rights. This means they often have little opportunity to influence the processes and institutions which shape their lives. The under-representation of women's voices in decision-making and agenda-setting at all levels mean that their interests tend to be under-represented in critical policy-making fora, and their skills, experience, and knowledge under-utilized. This entrenches both gender inequality and the poverty confronted by women and their communities on a daily basis. There are, however, many examples where women have found the courage and the opportunities to challenge the status quo and become active citizens and successful leaders in political, economic and civil institutions, with inspiring results. This book brings together lessons and experience in building up women's involvement from Oxfam GB and its partners. Women's Leadership and Participation illustrates methodological approaches and learning points, covering a range of issues, from women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives. It asks the questions: what are the structural barriers to women's leadership and participation? How can women be encouraged to take up leadership positions? Once they are leading, how can women (and men) be supported to carry out their roles effectively and for progressive purposes? The case studies in this book are also available as individual papers.
Women across the world bear a disproportionate burden of poverty in terms of material deprivation, discrimination, and denial of their basic rights. This means they often have little opportunity to influence the processes and institutions which shape their lives. The under-representation of women's voices in decision-making and agenda-setting at all levels mean that their interests tend to be under-represented in critical policy-making fora, and their skills, experience, and knowledge under-utilized. This entrenches both gender inequality and the poverty confronted by women and their communities on a daily basis. There are, however, many examples where women have found the courage and the opportunities to challenge the status quo and become active citizens and successful leaders in political, economic and civil institutions, with inspiring results. This book brings together lessons and experience in building up women's involvement from Oxfam GB and its partners. Women's Leadership and Participation illustrates methodological approaches and learning points, covering a range of issues, from women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives. It asks the questions: what are the structural barriers to women's leadership and participation? How can women be encouraged to take up leadership positions? Once they are leading, how can women (and men) be supported to carry out their roles effectively and for progressive purposes? The case studies in this book are also available as individual papers.

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‘The absence of women’s voices in decisions which affect their lives is notonly a problem for women but is usually a sign of unjust power relations thatexclude many men as well. The eight case studies in this book drawn fromaround the world give rich, concrete insights into strategies for change in suchsituations – ones which effectively build women’s leadership and participa-tion in economic, social and political spheres. They illustrate how women areoften at the forefront of change, not just to raise their own voices, but in sodoing to create more just and democratic societies for others as well.’
 John Gaventa
, Professor, Participation, Power andSocial Change team, Institute of Development Studies‘As someone who has spent 20 years on Women’s Leadership and Participa-tion right around the world I very much welcome this new Oxfam Publica-tion. Its vivid case studies show how women can successfully raise their voicesat local, national and international levels, essential for poverty alleviationand overcoming gender inequality. Excellent reading for civil servants in aiddepartments, NGOs, IGOs such as the UN, OECD, OSCE, World Bank – andeveryone working for a better, saner and fairer world.’
 Lesley Abdela
, Senior Partner, Eyecatcher/Shevolution‘This collection of innovations in supporting women’s engagement in politi-cal competition provides inspiring examples of how to accelerate the much-anticipated positive effects of increasing the numbers of women in politics.Under the right conditions, more women in public of 
ce do deliver bettergovernance for all. This volume provides us with inspiring guidance for build-ing gender equality into political life.’
 Anne Marie Goetz
, Chief Advisor, Governance Peace and Security,UNIFEM

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