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Women’s Participation in Bangladesh Politics, The Gender Wall and Quotas

Ara, F. and Northcote, J. (2020) Women’s Participation in Bangladesh Politics, The Gender Wall and Quotas. South Asia Research . Online First.

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This article presents qualitative data from interviews conducted with female national parliamentarians and local government councillors in Bangladesh regarding barriers to women’s participation in electoral politics. The evidence suggests that a gender wall comprised of institutional, historical, socio-economic and cultural factors continues to prevent Bangladeshi women’s full participation in formal politics at both national and local levels. Since Bangladesh now operates a policy of affirmative action through reserved seats for female politicians, the question arises to what extent this can be seen as a useful longer-term strategy to counteract gender discrimination.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Global Studies
Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd
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