Translating Women’s Participation in Politics into Critical Actions and Influence
As a South-South forum, the Inter-Regional Seminar on Women’s Political Empowerment, with the theme Translating Women’s Participation in Politics into
Critical Actions and Influence, brought together representatives of 36 parliaments from across the globe to discuss the current state of women’s political
participation and representation in parliaments in their respective countries and the important policy objectives that women are pursuing within their legislatures. The
following countries were represented at the Seminar: Bolivia, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan,
Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Spain, Tanzania, Trinidad and
Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
A large majority of members of parliament attending the seminar are currently serving as chairs or deputy chairs of women’s inter-party parliamentary caucuses and
committees set up to address issues pertaining to women’s rights and gender equality within legislative bodies.
The objective of this Inter-Regional Seminar was to identify and promote optimal approaches that translate women’s presence in leadership and decision making into critical action and influence. In particular, the
discussions aimed to:
• Share knowledge and experiences on multi-faceted
approaches that increase women’s access to and
retention in leadership and decision making and
include measures that target awareness raising of
gender equality among men and boys;
•Identify strategies and approaches to optimise
women’s participation in leadership and decision
•Share and take stock of ‘good practices’ on the
impact and difference women make in political
leadership and decision making;
•Distil knowledge on transformative leadership
styles and skills for women in politics.