The UNDP publication Gender Equality in Elected Office in
Asia-Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women’s Empowerment
provides an overview of women’s political representation
in Asia-Pacific member states, and reviews the impact of a series of six fast-track institutional reforms which can
contribute towards the attainment of gender equality
in elected office. These six “windows or opportunity”
include an examination of legally binding quotas,
constitutional rights, political party recruitment, capacity
building initiatives, parliamentary reform and political
party recruitment. The six-step action plan is structured
so national policy makers and practitioners working to
increase women’s political involvement can select one
window of opportunity to expanding women’s political
participation most relevant to their specific context.
The action plan is targeted to countries in the Asia-Pacific
that wish to identify strategies relevant to their national
context for achieving political equality. It has relevance
for a wide range of stakeholders including political parties,
parliament, government ministries, civil society and
international organizations and development agencies
that provide programming support for women’s political
While the six-point action plan provides guidance to
how political equality can be realized women must step
forward and take their rightful place in decision-making.
With access to established networks of influence, resources,
role models, mentors and family and community support,
women’s participation in the political arena will be more
likely to become a reality for the Asia-Pacific Region.
Norris, Pippa. "Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women’s Empowerment." UNDP Asia-Pacific, September 2012.