Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Weldon Assembles The Largest Ever Database of Women's Rights


“Weldon, who was in New Delhi recently to talk on transforming politics for gender equality, contends that if the women's movement is robust, it may not need a strong presence of women in government to get gender equality policies. The fact (is) that India has been more active in addressing violence against women (VAW) than many developing countries, despite the proportion of women in government being very low compared to other developing states. "Rwanda has the largest proportion of elected women in the world now (50 per cent). Yet, they have not been able to protect women's rights. So, the governments most responsive in addressing VAW are not the ones with the most women in government: For example, Canada and the US had many fewer women in government than Norway, Sweden in the 1980s and 1990s and yet Canada and the US were among the most responsive countries," states Weldon”

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