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Title: Womens Political Participation. Latvia


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WomensPolitical Participation. Latvia
  • University of Latvia, Riga
  • Feministica LetticaAusma Cimdina

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Womenss Political Participation. Latvia
  • Theoretical standpoint
  • Political participation and representation is a
    precondition of democracy, sustainable
    development, social progress, justice and
    security
  • Women are under-represented in politics,
    decision-making and governance
  • Under-representation of women in politics and
    decision-making is a waste of social capital

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Main Research Areas
  • Nature/Culture of Politics in Latvia
  • Women and the Institution of Family / Family
    Politics
  • Public Opinion/ Imagery

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Share of women among deputies and ministers,
Latvia
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Female visibility. President of Latvia Vaira
Vike-Freiberga
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Nature/Culture of Politics
  • Masculine by definition
  • Negative definition of politics, especially in
    Post-Soviet society
  • High/hard politics is considered dirty
  • Woman is not willing and being able to play
    according to the rules of hard politics
  • Woman is a site of conflicts and contradictions
    managing different social roles (family,
    motherhood, job, career, politics)

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Institutional barriers for womens participation
  • Political parties
  • Gender-created discourse of power
  • Position, status, influence of woman in political
    party
  • Media
  • Do the media help or hinder?
  • Image is more important than political vision
  • Female politicians are being portrayed on the
    bases of stereotypes old and new
  • Family- family politics, womens role in family


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Conclusions
  • Womens under representation in politics and
    governance may be reducated or eliminated by
  • - more purposeful activities towards the
  • media and public opinion
  • - conteracting gender stereotypisation in
  • education
  • - reorganisation of political and policy
    processes
  • Quotas are not recognized as an instrument for
    gender balance implementation

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