Women's Leadership and Participation: Case Studies on by Fiona Gell, Joanna Hoare

By Fiona Gell, Joanna Hoare

Girls are frequently denied the suitable to take part in decision-making, no matter if as energetic electorate, or as leaders. specifically, ladies dwelling in poverty usually have little chance to persuade judgements and rules that would have an instantaneous effect at the welfare of themselves, their groups, and their livelihoods. Encouraging extra girls to take part in decision-making will make sure that their views and wishes are represented. This ebook brings jointly classes and event in build up women’s involvement from Oxfam GB and its companions. Women's management and Participation illustrates methodological methods and studying issues, masking more than a few matters, from women’s participation in nationwide elections to lady decision-making in group livelihood projects. It asks the questions: what are the structural obstacles to women’s management and participation? How can ladies be inspired to soak up management positions? after they are top, how can ladies (and males) be supported to hold out their roles successfully and for innovative purposes?Published in organization with Oxfam GB

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Haitians are even proud to boast that they had a female president for a brief time: as the first female Chief Justice of the Haitian Supreme Court from 1986–1990, Ertha Pascal-Trouillot became Haiti’s first (and to date only) female president between two coup d’états in 1990. However, for the most part, Haitian politics have always been for men and by men. The game of politics is organized according to men’s rules, with maledesigned structures and political tools. It was only in 1957 that women gained their full privileges to vote and to participate in the public arena.

With constitutional order restored in October 1994, the country experienced its first transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another in 1995. For five years the country enjoyed relative peace and stability. New elections were held in 2000, but accusations of fraud and corruption plunged the country into another violent political crisis that lasted for three years, culminating in the forced resignation of President Aristide in February 2004. As Haiti continues to struggle along the path to democracy, a political culture where the rule of law is upheld and human rights are respected and promoted is slowly being developed.

Barriers to women’s active participation in local government The low numbers of women elected in 2002 reflect the considerable obstacles that women face to participating in local government and other decisionmaking institutions in Cambodia. Low levels of education among women mean that many feel they do not have the skills, experience, or qualifications to act as representatives of their community. In addition, high levels of poverty force many women to focus on earning money to support their families, which means that they do not have sufficient funds to stand for election.

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