ASP Fellow Joshua Foust and ASP Adjunct Fellow Melinda Haring explain why, despite having a variety of measures of women’s rights around the world, representation in Parliament is not among them.
Gender equality in government is important, but it’s not the primary variable in ensuring true representation. Political freedom and good governance are basic rights that shouldn’t be confused with gender issues. Assuming that female representation indicates greater political freedom is sloppy thinking of the kind that has too often skewed the priorities and undermined the promise of the development community.
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