Women in Decision-making Positions - Understanding UNSCR 1325(2000)

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Posted July 10, 2010 from Cameroon

Dear advocate for No to VAW, please kindly support a Friend's Reseach in taking this short survey on Women in Decision Making - UNSCR 1325(2000).http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X2JRQDH

Background Information: The IPU claims that women are underrepresented in all national legislative bodies. A 130-country survey conducted by the IPU indicates that women hold an average of only 15.4 per cent of the elected seats. A 1995 report issued by the UNDP concluded that 30 per cent would be the minimum representation required for women as a group to exert a meaningful influence in legislative assemblies. Only 15 of the countries included in the IPU survey have achieved this level and three are Rwanda (48.8 %), South Africa (32.8 %) and Mozambique (30 %), demonstrating how electoral measures instituted as part of peace processes can improve women’s representation.

The IGAD Women Parliamentary Conference, the first of its kind, was held in Addis Ababa between 14th and 16th December 2009 with a view to develop a strategy that will enhance women’s participation and representation in decision-making. Representative Women Members of Parliament and Leaders of Women Organisations attended it from six of the IGAD member states [Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda] as well as representatives from the African Union Com- mission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. During the three-day conference, the distinguished participants deliberated on the current status of women in decision-making positions in the member states with specific focus on the role of political parties, constitutional provisions, the quota systems, local governments and the role of the executive in ensuring the 50/50 target by 2015.

In addition, the conference examined the situational assessment of women in decision-making in member states, best practices, and the human rights approach and recommended the development of a regional strategy to advance women’s participation in decision-making … this questionnaire represents part of the tools to be used for the development of the regional strategy

Please return the completed questionnaire to costy@costantinos.net http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X2JRQDH

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  • Carri Pence
    Jul 10, 2010
    Jul 10, 2010

    Thanks for this great update. I always wonder how politics on a local, national, regional, and international scale would change if more women were directly involved with their government. What do you think?

  • Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
    Jul 10, 2010
    Jul 10, 2010

    Dear Carri, I agree with your point on women's full participation in to politics and decision making would change a lot of insecurity happenings in our communities. There again, we come back to our topic sentence on how to End GBV where we believe that as a means to End GBV; there is need for the full implementation / participation of women into decision making and leadership positions.

    What is the challenge? Building up women's skills to take up leadership position. Many women needs to be aware, informed of the policies implemented by state officials, also, women needs to be encourage, supported to take up these leadership positions.

    Carri! This is something I am doing some ground root research on, in my locality and will soon share with every one my findings. so far, we have in Cameroon 30% of seat into parliamentary and municipal elections for women. but are these women even aware of these opportunities?

    secondly how has the state encourage those women aware to take up this opportunity?

    thirdly, assuming women are actually occupying the 30% seat, are their voices represented in the house of assembly?

    The answer is obvious because up till date, high level of violence still persist as there has been no legislation that addresses Violence on Women, no Legislation to Stop Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FMG/C) etc.

    Thanks for popping up that debate, I think you should start an informal evaluation at the local, region level on how the UNSCR 1325 is been implemented and with that back ground information, perhaps it will help us find solutions to how at the national level women can participate into Decision Making

    I look forward reading from you

    Thanks Zoneziwoh