The objective of this program is to promote the adoption of mechanisms to increase women’s political representation. This program supports the adoption of mechanisms to improve women’s representation in formal political institutions such as legislatures (as distinct from broader issues of women’s political participation). In order to achieve this goal, the program supports a regional network of civil society organizations committed to improving women’s political representation by: establishing and/or strengthening women’s political caucuses; providing training to women leaders; engaging political parties to advocate for a minimum target of 30 percent women’s representation; and encouraging electoral legal reforms that increase women’s political representation.
With legislative elections taking place in Malaysia, the Philippines and Cambodia in 2013, the program developed customized training manuals that were used to train women candidates in each of these countries. The program has successfully initiated two regional networks of women political leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste: one of women’s caucuses (political party and civil society activists) and one of women legislators. Based on the program’s research on the state of women’s political representation in the region, Southeast Asian partners have intensified their engagement with political parties in their countries and shared strategies on advocacy related to specific issues, such as legislation on gender equality and equity. In Timor-Leste, this advocacy contributed to a change in the 2012 parliamentary election law that increased the quota of women candidates from one of every four to one of every three, resulting in an increase in the number of women elected to the Parliament.
|Project name||:||Civil Societies Innovating Together - Component 1 (IKAT 1): Building Sustainable Partnerships to Promote Women’s Political Representation in Southeast Asian Region|
|Source of funds||:||United States of America|
|Project duration||:||April 2011 – April 2014|
|Geographical focus||:||Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Cambodia|
National Democratic Institute (NDI), Indonesian Women’s Coalition (KPI), PersatuanKesedaranKomuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) Malaysia, Women’s Caucus Timor Leste, The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), and the Center for Popular Empowerment (CPE) Philippines.
|Beneficiaries||:||CSOs, women political activists, women parliamentarian, media, government officials, general public, grassroots, ASEAN activists|
|Responsible Kemitraan Officer||:||Merita Gidarjati|
|Responsible KemitraanUnit||:||Democratic & Justice Governance (DJG)|