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Womens Role in Political Advancement

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 09/29/2011 | Politics & Women

There is no doubt now that women represent a great majority of the worlds citizenship and therefore have also a voice that has more impact on the development framework within each government.

In the last decade women have been asked to make some crucial decision in the political spheres and have been acclaimed for multiple successes. This is why society is encouraging women to take on more important roles within political sectors, as they can develop new policies bringing even more opportunities for womens involvement in society.

Although the above is true, women still occupy a mere 30 percent within the parliament in industrialized countries and those in the process of development. The reason for such a low percentage is no doubt partly due to social and cultural aspect in countries, especially the African or Latin American ones, where women have positions that are subordinate to their male counterparts.

In such milieus women still suffer from the patriarchy system in the society, where the womans role is the stereotype of a person with domestic duties, thus putting up barriers for her advancement.

This socio culture aspect greatly influences the political sphere and the process of government policy making. Because men or the majority in the parliament, the policies that are gendered tend to be biased and stereotype. These policies generally focus on military and economic matters, whereas, women in the parliament tend to focus on peace, environment, political representation, social welfare, and labors.

All these social matters are of great importance for a well-balanced society, and if women cannot be part of the majority they will remain neglected, and supportive policies will not be passed. It is therefore, essential that women take an active part in policy generation that deals with social matters.

An increase of the women representation in the parliament can be accomplished by enhancing their political awareness and independency. Education is one effective solution, which will provide more power to women and enhance their participation both in development program, society, and politics.

With a higher level of education women can obtain more opportunities to enhance their participation and provide them with more decisive power. A higher level of education improves women's knowledge, skill, and to some extent their political awareness. Higher education can also provide enhanced benefits both for women and the development program of the country.

With specialized skills obtained with higher education, women can become formal workers and obtain an independence from their male counterparts. This encourages women to self respect and allows empowers them with decisional matters concerning their future and family planning.

With better jobs women can contribute to help reduce social poverty and individual distress in countries, as womens participation in these development programs will allow for added social relations. Women are an important key to the development of our social context as they are more aware of distress and can provide as sensitive and practical touch to policies and laws.