Equal participation of women and men in politics is an important condition for effective democracy and good governance. Apart from strengthening and enhancing the democratic system, the participation of more women in political decision‑making has many positive effects on society that can help improve the lives of women and men. Benefits include more equitable societies and inclusive governance, higher standards of living, positive development in education, health and infrastructure, and a decrease in political corruption.

Further information

Gender equality and power in EIGE's Gender Equality Index

Indicators on women and men in decision-making in EIGE's Gender Statistics Database

EIGE's publications on all the critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action