I just watched a talk by Hilary Charlesworth, Women and the new wave of democracies she comes up with some very pertinent solutions to why women are not involved: 1) not involved in democracy design; 2) women’s interests are bargained away; and 3) crude model of democracy used favouring stability over social justice.
Possible solutions? 1) insist women are included in democracy design; 2) sceptical about claims of culture and women’s rights; 3) change understanding of democracy from institutions to relationships. Well worth a look.
I’ve been sitting on the below links for a long time but feel they’re timely:
United Nations on Women – Progress of the World’s Women