IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics
CAPWIP would like to acknowledge the funding support provided by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Asia-Pacific Gender Equality Network of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/APGEN) for the production of this paper. Our thanks also to CAPWIP's sub-regional partners namely: Korean Institute for Women in Politics (KWIP), Centre for Social Research (CSR), and Women in Politics Pacific Center (WIPPaC); as well as other colleagues who helped by supplying us with much needed data: Lucy Lazo, Lanyan Chen, Thelma Kay and the various government offices and non-government organizations in the region.
Executive Summary 2
A. Introduction and Framework 3
B. Obstacles to Women's Empowerment 5
B.1. Persistence of traditional gender roles 5
B.2. Institutional barriers in the public sphere 7
C. Opportunities for Advancing Women's Political Empowerment 9
C.1. Cheaper and more efficient telecommunications facilities 9
C.2. Greater interest in advocating democratic governance 10
C.3. Call for an alternative leadership paradigm 10
D. Future Directions for Promoting Women's Political Empowerment 12
D.1. Creating an enabling environment for women's political empowerment 12
D.2. Political organizing as a strategy for women to gain power 15
E. Concluding Notes 17
After the spotlight had faded on the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, gender concerns such as the issues of women’s equal participation in decision-making and their access to power have been conveniently shunted off to the sidelines in a region besieged by economic meltdown, inter-country feuds, natural and human-made disasters and a host of other problems.
Half-a-decade after the Beijing Conference, it is apropos to take stock of the modest advances made by countries in the Asia-Pacific... [continues]
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