ERIC Number: ED326473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Ways and Means of Improving the Position of Women in Political Life.
The Europe of the 21, an organization of Western European countries, recently recognized equal political rights for men and women. Yet, a second achievement, without which the first will be meaningless, has yet to be attained: providing women with effective ways of asserting their rights and ensuring that they are no longer excluded, in practice, from democracy. This report suggests two main ways to achieve equal power-sharing between men and women in politics. The first way is through education. This means educating people to accept a different division of roles and of labor between the sexes, as well as teaching people about democracy. The second mechanism of change involves a different approach to politics. Several means of making politics more democratic are suggested, including public funding for political parties, encouraging turnover and sharing of elective office, and making the senior civil service more democratic. Pragmatic ways of involving women in politics also are suggested including the co-opting of women to top government posts and the use of quotas as a means of forcing the doors to political assemblies and parties. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).
Authoring Institution: European Committee for Equality Between Women and Men.
Identifiers: Europe (West)