Equal opportunity for leadership roles does not imply that women should be handed roles they are unqualified for, but rather it seems to acknowledge the need for an equal playing field in leadership opportunities. Equality for political opportunities include the ability for women to participate politically and removing the barriers to their political participation. Gender equality issues are interconnected with other development issues,for example, other sub-goals further qualify this goal and many of them are connected to one another.
a) Ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
b) Elimination all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
c) Elimination of all harmful practices, like early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
d) Recognizing and valuing unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
e) Ensuring women’s full and effective participation in peace-building and keeping.
d) Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
Some feminists argue that the patriarchal structures within politics needs to be abolished for complete liberation, that the structure of the systems is unequal because it was founded by men on principles that preserve power and privilege structures. Others argue that the solution to political gender equality lies in reserving half of the seats in political office for women. What is clear is that all the work women are doing in community organizing and networking for women's rights needs more women in parliament. Women lobby groups might push a bill to be debated in parliament but without women's numbers to veto such bills,they are voted down by the majority (men) who might not feel strongly on women's agendas.
Female politicians are more likely to concentrate on issues that matter more to women such as daycare, gender equality, reproductive rights,work/life flexiblity, elderly care, children’s welfare. There are some issues that are more important to women and affect them more. It also seems like common sense that women would be more likely to focus on these issues than men.
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