Datasheet Women Political Participation

Studies show higher numbers of women in parliament generally contribute to stronger attention to women’s issues. Women’s political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality. It facilitates women’s direct engagement in public decision-making and is a means of ensuring better accountability to women. One of the pillars of UN Women’s work is advancing women’s political participation and good governance, to ensure that decisionmaking processes are participatory, responsive, equitable and inclusive. Efforts are focused through strategic entry points that can advance the status of women by catalysing wide-ranging, long-term impacts.

In China, UN Women aims to strengthen gender-responsive governance by promoting women’s participation in decision-making processes to ensure legislation and governance structures in China become more genderresponsive and inclusive of women’s voices and experiences. To achieve this goal, UN Women is committed to building women’s capacities to claim their rights, as well as training legislators and decision-makers to be more gender sensitive in their work. UN Women works with government, civil society and other partners to advance more inclusive and effective forms of governance at all levels of society.

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Geographic coverage: China
Resource type(s): Position papers
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