The individual objectives of socio-political cooperation in detail:
Participation in the Political Decision-Making Process
1.1.1 Women's Participation in the Political Decision-Making Process
Although women took part as equal partners in struggles for independence
or in resistance movements against undemocratic regimes in numerous countries,
they were forced back into their traditional roles once the goals for which
they fought had been achieved. Women are still far from enjoying equal
political participation with men in all states. There are many causes for
this discrepancy: In addition to men's adherence to a traditional division
of labour, women face the same obstacles to participation in the political
decision-making process which also block their entry to qualified careers.
There are numerous points of departure for project work:
For an accurate analysis of the situation and as the reasons for the disproportionately low participation rates of women in the political decision-making process, it is necessary to not only gather official statistics and general information, but also to hold conversations and discussions with women of the targeted group. This method aspires to build upon the perspective of the respective women, to facilitate their integration, to analyze their problems, and to work out starting points for efforts to break down discrimination. This process produces a wide spectrum of working topics for socio-political dialogue.
The introduction of decentralizing programs in many countries broadened the sphere of political action, which women should now occupy to create a better political climate for the realization of their needs. Project activities in this field should therefore make a special effort to take the goals of the women's movement into account.
The participation of women in decision-making bodies is of special importance. By drawing more female members of parliament into existing projects (e.g. through incoming programs), knowledge about social, societal, and economic discrimination can be enhanced and strategies to eliminate it can be improved. Women parliamentarians can bring this newly-acquired information into the political decision-making process. Women are a minority in all parliaments. To strengthen the position of female members of parliament, special non-partisan workshops could facilitate the exchange of useful information and support the development of networks.
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