Title: “Risk and Resistance in Response to Women’s Increased Civic and Political Participation in the Global South,” funded by USAID/IIE
January 25, 2017
Research Talk: Denise Walsh, Vanessa Ochs, Swati Chawla, Dannah Dennis, Paromita Sen, and Catalina Vallejo, University of Virginia
Widespread agreement exists among scholars and activists that women’s civic and political participation is crucial for democracy and development. Nevertheless, obstacles to women’s participation persist. What are the most effective strategies for increasing women’s participation in civil society and politics? When these strategies are adopted, what type of opposition do women face as a result, and how can it best be mitigated? This USAID-commissioned review of the literature identifies seven effective strategies for encouraging women’s participation. It also finds that low to moderate resistance to women’s participation is ubiquitous across sites and countries. Most significantly, we find that scholars have failed to systematically analyze opposition to women’s participation in politics and civil society. We thus explain what scholars do know about opposition to women’s participation and identify critical areas for future research.