Learning, Transparency and Relationship Building: Ethiopian Women Parliamentarians and Young Female University Students

IDRC's Democratic Governance, Women's Rights and Gender Equality initiative is supporting a body of comparative research on whether and how democratic processes and institutions are responding to women's rights and gender equality. The projects under this initiative will investigate issues surrounding women's participation in political decision-making, the judiciary and the public sector, and explore ways in which state institutions, political parties, civil society and kin-based social organizations can be influenced to advance women's choices and entitlements as citizens, including through increased representation.

This project will investigate the political participation of young women university students in Ethiopia and their relationship with women's movements and women in the political sphere, including parliamentarians. Taking a feminist action research approach, researchers will document the political participation of women parliamentarians; explore the relationship between young women, women parliamentarians and women's organizations; investigate opportunities and hindrances to the involvement of female students in university associations and student politics; and develop a mechanism for strengthening the relationship between women members of Parliament and female university students. The project will include publication of two life stories of women parliamentarians.

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Start Date

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

de Boer, John

Total funding

CA$ 125,900


Ethiopia, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Tsion Tadesse Abebe


University for Peace

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