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Women’s Political Empowerment. Categorization of Projects under Thematic Area. Capacity Building of Public Representatives Voters Education Capacity Building of NGOs Research and Advocacy. Details of Projects. Details of Projects. Details of Projects. Main Issues/Challenges.

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Categorization of projects under thematic area
Categorization of Projects under Thematic Area

  • Capacity Building of Public Representatives

  • Voters Education

  • Capacity Building of NGOs

  • Research and Advocacy

Main issues challenges
Main Issues/Challenges

  • Structural Issues/Challenges

  • Institutional Issues/Challenges

  • Functional Issues/Challenges

Structural issues challenges
Structural Issues/Challenges

  • Social and cultural barriers, including issues like restrictions on women’s mobility that affect their access to information and resources

  • Entrenched patriarchal mindset that defines women’s rightful place only in the home.

  • Politics is considered as male domain in the public view.

  • There is a lack of a societal acceptance of women’s political role;

  • Women are hindered to participate as voters and as candidates by the local power brokers

  • Women are disenfranchised

Strategies adopted
Strategies Adopted

  • Networking and Advocacy

  • Using Radio and Talk shows

  • Sensitization of local political leadership

  • Mobilization and support to women

  • Development and dissemination of print material

  • Capacity building of local CBOs

Institutional issues challenges
Institutional Issues/Challenges

  • Male domination in power politics;

  • Lack of interest of political parties to orientate themselves toward the political participation of women;

  • Lack of government will to create enabling environment for women’s political participation and representation

  • Lack of representation of women in the decision making bodies of political parties;

  • Masculine model of politics and decision making;

  • Prohibiting women from casting their votes

  • Male resistance to women politicians in the political structures

  • Lack of democracy and democratization of political structures

  • Independent Election Commission

Strategies adopted1
Strategies Adopted

  • Develop the capacity of local groups for advocating women rights

  • Regular coordination with political parties and government agencies

  • Linkages developed among line department and communities

  • Capacity building of local organizations to tap public resources as CCBs

  • Gender sensitization trainings

  • Capacity building of line agencies and political parties

Functional issues challenges
Functional Issues/Challenges

  • Inadequate political training of women;

  • Lack of capacities and know-how of the political system

  • Lack of education and awareness of women of their political rights;

  • High level of illiteracy among women

  • Lack of confidence and trust among women;

  • Lack of political skills

  • Lack of financial resources and social capital

  • Lack of experience in playing a decision-making roles

  • Lack of voter’s education

  • Non-registration of voters

  • Voters do not have National Identity Cards

Strategies adopted2
Strategies Adopted

  • Training of women on importance of political education

  • Getting support of the local leadership for enhancing women’s political participation

  • Voter registration and support in getting ID cards

  • Material development and use of media

Areas of focus for future
Areas of Focus for Future

  • Citizenship Rights and Women’s Exclusion

  • Culture and Political Rights of Women

  • Gender and Democratization

  • Capacities and Capabilities in Politics