Public and Political participation of Roma women

Gender equality and advancement of women in society are one of the fundamental principles of democracy and social order, which is based on the autonomy of the individual rights and freedoms. According to that, everyone has the right to participate in decisions that define her or his life. This right is based on the ideal of equal participation in decision-making for women and men. Women should participate equally with men in all processes of everyday life because they know the best their condition in which they are in (UNDP, 2014). They should be involved in all decision-making levels because they have their own views in the public and private life.

According to statistics from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in the last twenty years (1995-2015) the participation of the women in the labor market worldwide has decreased from 52.4% to 49.6% (ILO, 2015). In terms of the representation of women in politics within the 193 members of the United Nations, women account for only 22.8% of the national parliament (The Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2016). These figures confirm that women worldwide are underrepresented in all areas of socio-political life, they are underrepresented in the parliaments and positioned away from all decision-making levels...
 

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