Women in Politics: gender, power and development

A new book from Mariz TadrosBook cover showing title

Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. We have, however, begun to understand what it takes to create an enabling environment for women’s political participation.

In this pioneering collection, writers from Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East are brought together for the first time to talk explicitly about women’s participation in the political scene across the global South. Answering such questions as how women can get political apprenticeship opportunities, how these opportunities translate into the pursuit of a political career, and how these pursuits then influence the kind of political platform women advocate once in power, Women in Politics is essential reading for anyone interested in what it means to engage politically. Published by Zed Books and available from the IDS Bookshop.


I have always think of a day when women will meet across borders to put into perspective, what issues of gender and women participation in politics. This effort is a new direction in this regards. Also, i hope issues of women in development is more explored as it will give a new shape to development discourse. How do i get access to this book so that i will be updated on the latest interactions and directions in women issues. i will like to be aware in case such collective writing project comes up again to air my own view and experiences on women issues and participation in development.

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