Increasing Women’s Role in Global Politics

Humanity cannot progress when half of its human resource is untapped. Women’s empowerment is an important link to sustainable development, since women comprise of half of the population and possess valuable skills. Coalescing the skills of both men and women at an equal level will add immensely to global development goals and will help the United Nations to reach some of its imperious objectives like combating international poverty and ending war tendencies.

Women comprise half of the world’s population and yet don’t receive a quarter representation in global politics. The issue of women empowerment and gender equality has gained a lot of importance in recent years, and while many steps have been taken to combat gender inequality, there is still a lot to be done to bring women at the same platform as their male counterparts.

A key factor in increasing the role of women in global politics is to set up institutions at the international (as well as domestic, pertaining to different countries) level and to decrease the gap between policy and funding and monitoring programs. Creation of United Nations subsidiaries like HeForShe and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is also a major aspect in increasing the participation of women in global politics.

Another issue that is especially important to tackle is eradicating sexist social customs that hinder the participatory role of women in politics. Backward social institutions and cultural practices that restrict women should be no longer valid in the twentieth century.

Providing a safe and secure place for women to work productively and contribute to the society is a key factor in promoting gender equality. It is important to educate, inform and mobilize audiences—collectively and individually—to build and adopt new patterns of masculinity and femininity and to encourage new behaviors about partner and family roles. Women’s political empowerment should be in tandem with women’s social empowerment so that the nation can benefit in multifold aspects. International institutions challenging stereotypical patterns of masculinity and femininity should be established to empower women.

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