Lobbying Female Legislators

There has been a push for more female representation in legislative processes across the world. While some countries have made huge progress, others are still lagging behind in terms of the percentage of women in parliament. My question is what has been the difference in your country since more women became legislators? I believe women in these positions should bring to attention the issues faced by their fellow women. Has anyone had any success in getting the attention of a female legislator on an issue affecting women? I would like to see this happen in my country Zambia.
  • Courtney Mone't Randolph
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  • Joy Eze
    Female legislators in my country are there representing themselves. Is very painful you help them to get to the sit,once they are there you don't have access to them if you are not related to them.
    • Thabo Mubukwanu
      Truly sad to see that Joy. How can we hold them accountable?
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  • Nwedobong Okon
    Like I've previously stated, it is important to teach women how to advocate and lobby and present facts and data about what they target and what the outcomes will be when achieved. Unflinching assertiveness is the first step backed up by a negotiation skill that points to a 50-50 win, bearing in mind that equality is what we want to achieve, not superiority.
  • Mary Mkoji
    Good discussion Thabo. There is a misconception that with more female representation then issues affecting women will be prioritized. It is good that legislative organs are creating a platform where women can engage more and be involved in decision making. However, there is a danger of this inclusion being 'tokenism' to fulfill a certain threshold rather than the value addition as well as utilizing this platform to the fullest. It all boils down to having the right people seating on the right seats.... these women who now seat in parliament are they empowered enough to raise these issues of injustices, inequality and exclusion rationally? is their main agenda women issues or are they to work for the best interests of all? I have raised more questions than answers because i believe this debate is important..... In our country, we have women representatives in every county. We cannot judge them from a general point as some actually deliver on their promises and have made an impact but there are those who ask- what is their role as it has not been felt. Perhaps, getting a seat on the table doesn't guarantee that your voice will be heard but that is a question for another day
    • Thabo Mubukwanu
      Great points there Mary. I agree it should be about adding value and not merely having more of any particular gender. I just wish the women in those positions would use their platform to bring change for fellow women in addition to all the other work they do.
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  • Liz Guantai
    Since the Constitution of Kenya provided for 42 Women representatives as part of the affirmative action to increase female legislators, Parliament now consists of more women. There is also an increase in elected female legislators. However the threshhold that two thirds of members of parliament shall not be of the same gender has not been met. Secondly even if any female member wants to pass a women-friendly law by introducing a Bill, it still has to be debated upon by the male legislators.
  • Rita Okotie-Mebaghandu
    Women legislators are worse than the men our Nigeria, there are inaccessible, there go around with thousands of security men, if you do a write up, the guards might collect it from you and not give it to them, and at other times the trouble to send a document through and through is something else. I think the women themselves need to understand their position in law making. The women need to hold community hall meetings with fellow women to understand their plights. The African woman needs to be accepted and heard for who there are. There is need for corporation and synergy, the girl child is neglected continuously, underage girls being abducted and sexually abused, impregnated with impunity by the male counterpart, our Nigerian law is still repugnant to child marriage. The Muslims in the North marry 11years old children and we call it a taboo in the south. This is a pain in the ass.
  • Rekha Jadhav
    My country India has a mere 12% of representation of women in parliament. there are only 66 members out of 543 in Lower house. The Scenario of women members in State Legislature is even worse. Inspite of 33% of reservation, the women representation is very low. There is lack of Interest in Government and Political parties to increase the number of women representatives in the parliament. Many hurdles like poverty, unemployment, inequality and traditional thinking of people is effecting the progress of women in India. we are lagging far behind many other countries in in aspect.
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