Women in Governing Institutions in South Asia

Parliament, Civil Service and Local Government

  • Nizam Ahmed

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Nizam Ahmed
    Pages 1-13
  3. Women in Parliament

  4. Women in Civil Service

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Nishat Afroze Ahmed, Ferdous Jahan
      Pages 141-161
    3. Kunzang Lhamu
      Pages 163-174
    4. Shivani Singh
      Pages 175-191
    5. Nighat Ghulam Ansari
      Pages 209-227
    6. M. A. F. Anwara Nilmi, Darshi Thoradeniya
      Pages 229-242
  5. Women in Local Government

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 343-354

About this book


This edited volume examines policies aimed at increasing the representation of women in governing institutions in six South Asian countries. Divided into three parts, it addresses the implications of uniformity and diversity for the substantive representation of women in parliament, civil service and local government. The contributing authors explore the scope and limits of ‘positive discriminatory policies’ within distinct country contexts, and the implications of the lack of such policies in other countries. Their findings shed new light on the extent to which the higher presence of women in different governing institutions matters, particularly in respect of promoting women’s issues; and also on the way men and women in different governing institutions look upon each other’s roles and adopt strategies for mutual adjustment. This innovative collection will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies, public policy and administration, international relations, law and political science.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nizam Ahmed
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ChittagongChittagongBangladesh

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