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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.
A civil society initiative coordinated by the National Alliance of Women (NAWO), the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), UNIFEM (now UN Women) and UNDP – presents recommendations to ensure that the Eleventh Five Year Plan is gender friendly.