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- Women’s business organizations help address barriers to women’s participation in the political and economic life of their countries.
- CIPE’s experience in Bangladesh and Pakistan shows how to successfully overcome legal limitations and social resistance to establishment of women’s chambers of commerce.
- Women’s business organizations offer not only tangible benefits such as skills training or market access, but also intangible benefits such as confidence building and a more positive perception of women in business.
Why Focus on Economic Journalism?
Reliable economic and business journalism is something individuals and businesses take largely for granted in developed economies. Leading publications have widespread coverage of financial markets, corporate news and key economic indicators that are of crucial importance for the livelihoods, employment opportunities, and investments of ordinary people.
It wasn't always that way. It wasn’t always that way. As business reporter Chris Welles wrote:
For years, business economics and finance journalism was a bleak wasteland — ‘the most disgracefully neglected sector of American journalism,’ according to former NBCtelevision correspondent and former dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism School Elie Abel. If you did a lousy job covering city hall, couldn’t hack it writing obituaries, weren’t too swift taking classified ads over the telephone, then they sent you to the business section. Maybe they even made you business editor.
CIPE: Some of the key aspects of women’s empowerment — political, economic, and civic — are fundamentally linked. How do you view these connections and why are they important?
Henrietta Holsman Fore (HHF): The connections between different areas of women’s empowerment are complex and unique to every society where they have been evolving throughout history. It is important for women to have access to democratic processes, such as voting, but what women do with that access is also important. Empowerment comes from full participation beyond voting, which means inclusion in all political, economic, and civic activities.
Equal economic participation is also fundamental to empowerment. It is not enough for men and women to have equal access to the same career opportunities — they must also have equality of pay, responsibilities, roles, and respect in organizations, be they in government, the private sector, or civil society groups. Men and women’s equal partnership at all levels is essential to women’s empowerment.Read more...
The benefits of political participation
Political and economic realities are intertwined. Progress in one dimension reinforces progress in the other. These are the two principal elements of empowerment.
Women’s political participation has been slowly improving. In the last ten years, for example, the rate of participation in Parliaments has grown from 13% to almost 18%. Currently there are fewer than 20 women heads of state or government, and women hold about 16% of ministerial portfolios. Clearly the figure ought to be much better, especially when exceptional women like Germany’s Angela Merkel and Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have demonstrated the strong qualities that women bring to political leadership.Read more...
Public Procurement Debate in Russia
In March 2011, Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) promised an investigation of a Russian military unit that had awarded a contract for $200 million for the maintenance of 41 Volkswagen automobiles. It was enough money to have purchased 1,000 new cars of the same kind as the 41 being maintained. The details of the transaction came to light not through a government whistleblower or muckraking journalist, but thanks to an online government database created to encourage transparency. Procurement websites maintained by the Russian government are being increasingly mined for information by Russia’s bloggers. The result is a growing public fascination with public procurement, one of the most visible realms of government spending.Read more...
There is a real danger that the search for a benevolent dictator may become a development mantra in many countries. Proponents of democracy should take notice and show that democracy is the path for sustainable development, and that there are no substitutes for institutional reforms in seeking growth and development.
The rise in interest of having a strong leader, often with unchecked power, rather than a democratic government is driven in part by the continued rapid economic growth of Asian tigers among the stagnation of economies in Western Europe and the United States.Read more...
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