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GENDER IN DEMOCRACY Featured

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Democracy should be inclusive, participatory, representative, acceptable and transparent. Recognizing that democracy is a work in progress, there is therefore the need to strive for gender equality as a pillar.

Democracy will require transformative and visionary leadership committed to using power as a conduit for liberation, inclusion and equality and not as an instrument of domination and exclusion.

Achieving democratic principles remains a daunting challenge across the world, the continued lack of gender equality is central to this fundamental and enduring project. If democracy is to be realized and practiced an understating of how it intersects with gender equality is paramount.

The rhetorical commitment to the principle of gender equality has hindered genuine efforts to bridge the gap. There is the need for governments to commit in practice to several Landmarks, Governmental resolutions, declarations, agreement and conventions to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are actively addressed as core democratic and development concerns.

The role of the political parties

In most countries, women are only elected to the legislature if they run on a political party’s ticket, it means real change can only happen if women in political parties organize and demand more opportunities. There is therefore the need for women to serve in the leadership of political parties and be incorporated into executive committees.

The Questions are?
1. Can democracy transform power relations between women and men?

2. Can a country’s democratic credentials be judged by its record on gender equality?

3. How can gender equality transform the face of democracy?

4. Can a Nation be described as democratic, if there is no equal participation and representation of women and men as and where democratic decisions are taken?

5. How can it be real democracy if at least half of the population is not represented to input their practical needs and strategic interest?

6. Would it make a difference if the female candidates are given effective media coverage during the campaigns?

We submit that the best way to deeper democracy is by building gender equality

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Last modified on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 16:27

7 comments

  • Comment Link Joseph Friday, 19 October 2012 10:57 posted by Joseph

    Gender equality is rhetorically a sociopolitical slogan aimed at inciting strife.Women empowerment can make a lot difference if this war begins from the block level and not from the first or last ladies.Masculine\feminine are incompatible but necessary,so are the discussions.So,do women need to be told to compete?If yes,then who?

  • Comment Link Joseph Friday, 19 October 2012 10:56 posted by Joseph

    Gender equality is rhetorically a sociopolitical slogan aimed at inciting strife.Women empowerment can make a lot difference if this war begins from the block level and not from the first or last ladies.Masculine\feminine are incompatible but necessary,so are the discussions.So,do women need to be told to compete?If yes,then who?

  • Comment Link Joseph Friday, 19 October 2012 10:56 posted by Joseph

    Gender equality is rhetorically a sociopolitical slogan aimed at inciting strife.Women empowerment can make a lot difference if this war begins from the block level and not from the first or last ladies.Masculine\feminine are incompatible but necessary,so are the discussions.So,do women need to be told to compete?If yes,then who?

  • Comment Link Mama P. Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:59 posted by Mama P.

    Observation and empirical evidence point to and reveal that a number of factors have facilitated or contributed to the second fiddle role women are playing in political activities in Nigeria. Some of these factors are identified as a function of natural status of women, while others are man-made deliberately designed by their male counterparts to further confine women to sedentary activities.

  • Comment Link Mama P. Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:58 posted by Mama P.

    Observation and empirical evidence point to and reveal that a number of factors have facilitated or contributed to the second fiddle role women are playing in political activities in Nigeria. Some of these factors are identified as a function of natural status of women, while others are man-made deliberately designed by their male counterparts to further confine women to sedentary activities.

  • Comment Link Tobi Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:40 posted by Tobi

    Seconded!

  • Comment Link Ada Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:39 posted by Ada

    I totally agree with this article. It's time we took our rightful position in the scheme on things especially in politics!

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