The political empowerment of women is a societal process crucial to sustainable development. Women still have less influence than men on decisions made in politics, the economy, in society and in the households. Large gender disparities persist in the realm of political participation. They are still underrepresented in political committees and have little voice in the distribution of means and political agenda-setting. Women face obstacles such as entrenched social prejudices, a lack of time, skills and political networks.
SDC Policy promotes the political empowerment of women as a priority.
The following topics are at the centre of SDC’s work on women’s political empowerment:
Decentralisation and Local Governance
Public Finance Management
SDC Gender Guidance Sheet - Gender, Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance (2017)
This guidance note outlines key issues regarding gender equitable democratisation, decentralisation and local governance, and how these can be integrated into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SDC cooperation strategies and project interventions.
SDC Gender Guidance Sheet - Gender and Land Governance (2017)
This guidance sheet is one of a series written to support SDC staff in ensurlng that gender is taken into account- In this case, land governance. The numbers are striking: there are major disparities between women and men in most parts of the world when it comes to land ownership and stress to decisıon-making processes about land use.