Political Participation and leadership of women in decision making

Rouf Ahmad Bhat


This study explores the women’s role in the political participation and leadership in decision-making. The empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of women's social, economic and political status is essential for the achievement of both transparent and accountable government and administration and sustainable development in all areas of life.  Every human being has the right to participate in decisions that define her or his life. This right is the foundation of the ideal of equal participation in decision-making among women and men. Women's confidence and self-esteem increase when they have greater knowledge, economic assets and income-earning capacity, and they are more likely to participate in both private and public decision-making. It argues that political participation and leadership of women in decision-making is successful step towards the empowerment. The study examines the contribution of political participation and leadership of women in decision-making and its importance to their empowerment. The study indicates that women’s decision-making power in the expressing their political views should play an important role in achieving gender balance.

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