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Women in Decission Making by Prof. Vibhuti Patel

Subject:Women Studies/Gender Studies Paper: Women and economics
Poverty, lack of access to basic resources, lack of access to political party lists, low salaries, and discrimination in the workplace are considered as root causes of women's under-representation in economic and political decision-making. If women have to be concerned with survival, there is little time left for assuming positions of leadership and economic power. Recognition of women’s unpaid work and the need for sharing of family and household responsibilities, along with training in non-traditional skills, are key factors to help explain why so few women worldwide have actual decision-making power in the households, community and economy.

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Comment by Prof. Vibhuti Patel on May 21, 2018 at 8:37pm

Role of Voluntary Organizations, Self-help Groups
Women's participation in preventive diplomacy and negotiations at the peace table are considered to be essential to achieving peace and development and for diverting military expenditures for peaceful purposes. It is suggested that decision-making processes, involving both women and men, including in situations of intra-state conflict, could help to create a more peaceful approach.
The importance of creating national machineries, inter-ministerial bodies, national committees and women's bureaus to ensure women's equal participation in all aspects of decision-making, with adequate levels of staffing and funding, and located at the center of political power, is critical. In addition, the mainstreaming of gender issues in institutions is another means to promote the advancement of women in decision-making. The need for effective monitoring mechanisms was with time-bound targets and measurable indicators to evaluate progress is important.
In keeping women in power, greater harmonization between professional work and family responsibilities for both men and women is considered essential along with greater sharing of parental and household responsibilities between women and men. Recognition of women's unpaid work, need for flexible working hours and sharing of family responsibilities with men, and the need for women to participate in decision-making at the household level are other factors.

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