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Approaches to political gender equality in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Cudic, Daniela LU (2018) STVK02 20172
Department of Political Science
Abstract
How can the low representation of women in politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina be
understood and what can a different approach add to already existing approaches to
make Bosnia-Herzegovina more gender equal in terms of political representation of
the genders? There has been established a Gender Equality Law that demands a 40%
gender quota of political representation, but the gender representation has only
reached a number of 26% at most.
It can fairly be claimed that the top-down approach itself is deficient in this area
based on the amount of laws and regulating documents that have been determined by
the state to improve the gender inequality issue. That is why I am going to try to
understand the underrepresentation using a bottom-up... (More)
How can the low representation of women in politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina be
understood and what can a different approach add to already existing approaches to
make Bosnia-Herzegovina more gender equal in terms of political representation of
the genders? There has been established a Gender Equality Law that demands a 40%
gender quota of political representation, but the gender representation has only
reached a number of 26% at most.
It can fairly be claimed that the top-down approach itself is deficient in this area
based on the amount of laws and regulating documents that have been determined by
the state to improve the gender inequality issue. That is why I am going to try to
understand the underrepresentation using a bottom-up approach. I am going to have
an anthropological feminism perspective during this research, which will help me
clarify the importance of gender symmetry and that the issue has to be approached
from the bottom and up. In this single case study I am going to combine theories with
the aim to understand the underrepresentation of women in Bosnia-Herzegovina. My
primary material consists of interviews, reports and documents from EU, UN, NGOs
and governments. The conclusion to my research question, which is what a bottomup
approach can add to the top-down approach to increase women’s representation in
politics, is the understanding of the need to have a fully supported and financed
bottom-up system. Gender stereotypes, cultural norms and corruption permeate the
higher political positions and are preventing an equal gender representation in
Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Key words: gender equality, Bosnia and Herzegovina, women in politics, female
underrepresentation, NGO, bottom-up approach, top-down approach, policy
implementation, awareness-rising, gender-responsible budgeting, women in
governments (Less)
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author
Cudic, Daniela LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK02 20172
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
gender equality, Bosnia and Herzegovina, women in politics, female underrepresentation, NGO, bottom-up approach, top-down approach, policy implementation, awareness-rising, gender-responsible budgeting, women in governments
language
English
id
8930989
date added to LUP
2018-04-26 11:25:16
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2018-04-26 11:25:16
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  abstract     = {How can the low representation of women in politics in Bosnia-Herzegovina be
understood and what can a different approach add to already existing approaches to
make Bosnia-Herzegovina more gender equal in terms of political representation of
the genders? There has been established a Gender Equality Law that demands a 40%
gender quota of political representation, but the gender representation has only
reached a number of 26% at most.
It can fairly be claimed that the top-down approach itself is deficient in this area
based on the amount of laws and regulating documents that have been determined by
the state to improve the gender inequality issue. That is why I am going to try to
understand the underrepresentation using a bottom-up approach. I am going to have
an anthropological feminism perspective during this research, which will help me
clarify the importance of gender symmetry and that the issue has to be approached
from the bottom and up. In this single case study I am going to combine theories with
the aim to understand the underrepresentation of women in Bosnia-Herzegovina. My
primary material consists of interviews, reports and documents from EU, UN, NGOs
and governments. The conclusion to my research question, which is what a bottomup
approach can add to the top-down approach to increase women’s representation in
politics, is the understanding of the need to have a fully supported and financed
bottom-up system. Gender stereotypes, cultural norms and corruption permeate the
higher political positions and are preventing an equal gender representation in
Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Key words: gender equality, Bosnia and Herzegovina, women in politics, female
underrepresentation, NGO, bottom-up approach, top-down approach, policy
implementation, awareness-rising, gender-responsible budgeting, women in
governments},
  author       = {Cudic, Daniela},
  keyword      = {gender equality,Bosnia and Herzegovina,women in politics,female underrepresentation,NGO,bottom-up approach,top-down approach,policy implementation,awareness-rising,gender-responsible budgeting,women in governments},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Approaches to political gender equality in Bosnia-Herzegovina},
  year         = {2018},
}