Gender & Governance  
 
“Good governance” and “gender equality” have been at the cutting edge of development debates over the last decade. Empirical evidence shows that both are central to development. But the relationship between the two has only just begun to be explored, albeit in the context of a deeper understanding of both these two issues.
 
 
In 1995, 189 countries signed the Platform for Action adopted at the United Nations (UN) Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China, that prioritized gender mainstreaming as a mechanism to achieve gender equality.
 
 
The final conclusion of Beijing Platform for Action was “Without the active participation of women and the incorporation of women’s perspectives in all levels of decision- making, the goals of equality, development and peace cannot be achieved.”
 
Until women are represented more fully in local, national and international decision-making bodies, their priorities will not receive needed resources. Today, women hold only 20% of parliamentary seats worldwide. Women in conflict, post-conflict and transitional environments are particularly disadvantaged. IWWF is dedicated to assuring women’s greater participation in governance as a step to building stronger societies.
 
 
IWWF equips and mobilizes women and girls to achieve gender equality. We envision a world in which women and girls are able to fulfill their dreams free from the constraints of poverty and inequality and in which their full worth is realized and valued. We work so that women can control more resources and contribute meaningfully in decision making at all levels.
 
 
IWWF’s programs raise awareness and provide women the tools to build more just societies. We partner with communities to register voters, raise women’s voices within peace efforts and mobilize advocates for better public policy to ensure women’s political participation.
 
     
 
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