Women in Politics, Part 2: Moving Forward — Supporting Gender-Inclusive Political Participation
Supporting women’s public participation and political inclusion should be a critical objective of Canada’s contribution to international democracy assistance, particularly in light of the current government’s emphasis on feminism. We must prioritize gender equality across all political support programs and increase the number of projects in this field. Political inclusiveness is a basic component of development, peace, and justice and offers a proven return on investment. Themes and objectives should include achieving and going beyond descriptive representation, moving beyond patriarchal institutions, and engaging as a partner, not a provider.