The civic and political participation of women

Monday, February 17, 2014
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Wikigender, the EU-LAC Foundation, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the UN Foundation, Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC), ECLAC and PARIS21 are organising during this week an online discussion about data gaps on the political participation of women. Click here if you want to participate in this interesting e-discussion!

The main questions driving the discussion are:

  • Type of data: How can we improve data on women’s civic and political participation and minimise inconsistencies between countries? What about attitudinal data on female political leaders? What about looking at data that will inform knowledge of the policy impacts of women’s civic engagement? Is there any available information from the registers of the electoral courts or agencies?
  • Collective action & civic engagement data: Do you know of additional data sources to measure women’s civic engagement and participation – such as access to the media and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) – and their roles in civic life? Do you have suggestions of indicators or know of data sources that have information on collective action? (e.g. labour unions, political parties?)
  • Examples: Do you have examples of women’s collective action that triggered political change?
  • New priority areas: What new priority indicators could better capture women’s civic and political participation, including collective action, in the post-2015 development agenda?

The outcomes of the discussion and main findings will be synthesised in a final report and presented at a side event organised by the OECD Development Centre, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in March 2014, during the 58th session on UN the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.