OUR FOCUS

Gender equality

Political participation

When men and women participate equally in decision-making, parliaments and local councils perform better, while governments become more credible and accountable.

Although many countries and territories in Europe and Central Asia have laws establishing gender quotas for legislatures and government, significant gaps in women’s participation still remain. Even after entering public service, women encounter a wide range of obstacles and discrimination stemming from gender stereotypes and cultural traditions. In public administration, women tend to occupy positions at lower levels in the hierarchy or in sectors considered less crucial.

As mayor of a town in Albania, Majlinda Bufi is trying to be a positive role model while also working on policies that support women entrepreneurs.


UNDP works to increase gender equality in the public sector by:

  • Supporting the introduction of gender quotas and legislation that promotes women’s political participation;
  • Training parliamentarians on how to conduct gender analyses and advocate for more equality;
  • Mobilizing women to get involved in politics and public institutions at all levels;
  • Helping build coalitions to promote gender equality in the national agenda;
  • Advancing the role of women in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and security efforts.

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