About the product
The marginalization of women in the political process and governance in general has been both the cause and effect of the slow progress made in the advancement of women. This publication focuses on a number of issues and cases such as: progress made in women's political participation since Beijing, the Indian experiment with constitutional amendments mandating the reservation of one third of local government-elected representation to women, and the wider connection between gender, poverty and governance, the South African Women's Budget initiative, and Uganda's experience with new political alliances for gender and politics and the policy responses to gender-based violence. The studies clearly show how, despite substantial obstacles, women decision-makers in developing countries have already begun to put a distinctive stamp on governance mechanisms, institutions and broader political debates. The publication draws on the experiences and expertise of government officials and members of national grassroots civil society and the private sector.