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Working Group on Women and Democracy


Background:

Women play a significant role in the process of democracy. Through an equal and fair political process, a woman’s voice can be heard and laws can accommodate her interests. Also, active participation and equality will allow women to influence decision-making initiatives, which are the foundation of development, peace, and democracy.

The Working Group (WG) on Women and Democracy was founded by the Community of Democracies (CoD) to provide a platform, as well as an opportunity to participate in activities that will aim to increase the awareness of women’s role in democratic society.

The roots of the Working Group go back to 2010 when the CoD Presidency of Lithuania founded the group.

Objectives and Areas of Work:

The Working Group discusses and fosters women’s political participation, representation, and leadership through:

  • Identifying and promoting best practices, policies, and mechanisms facilitating  women’s full and democratic access to and participation in the political sphere;
  • Recommending guidelines and recommendations for governments aimed at ensuring equal political participation and representation for women as voters, candidates, policymakers, and holders of political office. 

 The Working Group on Women and Democracy will focus on, but not limit itself to, the following activities:

  • Using social media to disseminate information on how to empower women to access the political sphere (through the CD website “Women in Democracy”, Facebook and others);
  • Exchanging best practices to promote women’s empowerment, including policies to ensure the full participation of women in the political sphere;
  • Organizing conferences, round table discussions, and workshops on women and democracy related issues;
  • Encouraging campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of women’s political participation in decision making;
  • Offering a platform for cooperation between governments and non-state actors on concrete projects, exchange of experiences, and know-how;
  • Organizing fund-raising activities to finance women’s policies. 

Activities:

The Working Group is involved in organiztion of conferences and on the ground projects promoting women’s empowerment. 
 
Acting as Chair of the Working Group, the Government of Lithuania has initiated the Women in Democracy website. The website is constantly updated by the Working Group, and presents news, commentaries, research, and activities related to the field of gender equality and women’s rights.

Contact: 
For further information, please contact WGWomenDemocracy@community-democracies.org

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