The political participation of women is an important issue at both national and local levels. But how do we promote gender parity in the political arena? How can we build structures and programs that promote the advancement of women in public office? These are just some of the questions we should be asking ourselves as we begin this conversation. In addition, we should consider the gender imbalance in our society, and how this impacts the participation of women in politics.
In India, women’s political participation is barely 20%, despite a long struggle. Prior to 1992, women were generally excluded from elected positions. However, the 73rd Amendment Act introduced one-third reservation in panchayat councils and Pradhans for women. Since then, women in local government have become an integral part of their communities and are actively involved in ensuring the quality of healthcare and education and also financial considerations.
In the country of Moldova, women make up less than 20% of municipal government leaders, and the number has been steadily increasing. But, in the same country, the percentage of women in local government is still less than 20%.That is still far too small and the gender gap is not even a significant barrier for the empowerment of women in the region. In the country, it is rare for a woman to hold a seat at the national level.
The presence of women in the national parliament can help break the stereotypes that women hold. By empowering women, they can also ensure gender justice. UN Women encouraged women public officials to join forces and start a network called the Women’s Network of Mayors and Local Councilors. In this way, the country’s largest association of local public authorities has an opportunity to empower and increase the participation of women.
Increasing the participation of women in local government is vital for sustainable development in Ghana for example. Currently, the percentage of women in national legislatures is low, and this is a major obstacle for ensuring gender equality. Lack of women in local government also contributes to the gender gap. We are eager to see more women in local government and we need to do our part to increase their representation. Just imagine how far we can go in delivering gender justice and gender equity.
While the gender gap between men and women is still a problem, it has reached an all-time high in grassroots political representation. Compared to male-dominated local government, women are more likely to be elected as local councilors. In this case, the presence of women in local government is critical. While women are not necessarily elected, their participation in local governments is necessary. This is because the majority of them are not representative of their community.
In addition, women’s representation in local government is crucial for ensuring gender justice in the country. In recent years, a significant increase in women’s representation in local government has contributed to gender equality in the country. In addition, their participation in public affairs is essential for the overall growth of their community.
The gender gap in local government is a major obstacle for women’s empowerment. Traditionally, women are perceived as proxy candidates, which has led to a lack of confidence and leadership skills among these women. It is important to note that women’s participation in local government can break this stereotype and ensure that women have equal opportunities for equal participation in governance. If they are elected, they can even become mayors!