Women Empowerment and Governance
What is it about?
This article is based on a research undertaken to promote and facilitate linkages between gender, poverty reduction and good governance at the local level. The 569 unions under study were included from Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Sylhet divisions. The research focused on analysis by combining feminist research techniques such as participant field observation, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and case studies of women’s life history. The findings showed that most of the women were under the control of their husbands, and they were mere proxies. Women’s voices in governance were not so far heard due to their under-representation and non-participation in institutional structures of decision-making. In governance, women still had limited and insufficient access to resources, public debate, and political decision-making processes.
Why is it important?
The main objective of the research was to promote and facilitate linkages between gender, poverty reduction and good governance at the local level. The specific objectives of the study were 1. to analyze the perception of the women members in understanding their roles and responsibilities in the UP; 2. to assess the capacity of the grassroots-level women leaders in local government to perform their roles and functions more effectively; 3. to identify the functions of the members in relation to project formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; 4. to analyze the political experiences of the women members in the UP in exercising leadership capacity and offering new insights into governance in the community; 5. to examine how women members could make or have made the impact on policies and political processes at the grassroots level; 6. to assess the capacity of the women leaders to influence and then to have access to resources and services required for the social development of their communities; 7. to assess the attitude of the male members towards the women members; 8. to identify the particular constraints and challenges faced by these members in performing their duties and 9. to evaluate the training programmes of the different NGOs and women’s organizations in increasing/enhancing the capacity of the women members and developing their leadership skills.
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