Supporting Women’s Political Empowerment
Women’s political empowerment is key to successful democracy and to national development, however women continue to be deeply under-represented. Canada’s Feminist International Development Policy has brought women’s rights to the forefront of international aid, but many questions continue to surround its application in the field of democracy assistance. In this session, US speakers talk about feminist approaches to democracy assistance, focusing on the nexus between development outcomes and women’s political empowerment. This session will take a different format from the others, with an extended panel of experts responding to targeted questions about why inclusive governance matters for development outcomes. The event takes places during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence in recognition of the violence and harassment faced by women in politics worldwde.