Get Inspired, Be Empowered Forums Gender Barriers and Solutions to Leadership Do Women’s are getting chance to participate in decision making?

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    I would say even if women are getting a chance to participate in the discussion bit their opinion may not be taken into consideration. We all have seen in our house itself that many women never participate in the discussion even if it is regarding their own life decisions.
    Solely man is given the right to choose for her. We also see how women sometimes are not even allowed to present in the room where discussion is going on.
    From decades to decades women are only said to be meant for serving people but never to be part of making decisions. Though in earlier times Kings would definitely take an opinion of their queens but sadly today even though people are educated or you can say the more people are getting educated the more people are being backward. Women are only held important if she is head of the family or in absence of male head. Though many heads have in fact set a very positive example but still many families see a woman especially if its newly married women as outsider and the impression is kind of not having trust in them so often women are avoided. These are the family matters but if we come towards work places then it’s quite hard for a woman to work and get paid herself let alone try to hold onto her opinion. There are many cases where many women have innovative ideas and a lot of strategies but still they are seen as not so important and often given less regard and attention. Not only this but sometimes her ideas are also claimed to be not hers. On workplaces women face strong suppression and often they lack courage to put their opinion on the desk. This is why often women just lose their interest and don’t show much of an enthusiasm when it comes to discussions .

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    Women make up 50.8% of the world’s population but they are seriously under-represented in decision-making positions and business. Gender balancing (or gender mainstreaming) is an attempt to bridge the male-female gap in decision-making positions by creating opportunities for a more balanced representation of women, particularly at higher levels of authority and management. Acknowledging these facts, all international representatives have been showing more interest in gender equality for decades. They have adopted several instruments to implement the principle of equal rights and opportunities for men and women. Women have entered the labor market in large numbers during the past decades. There is no doubt that this is a great economic and social achievement, motivated by the desire of having more equality between women and men.

    To a large extend women’s underrepresentation in the fields of power and decision-making is the result of social exclusion. Despite their essential role in building social capital, women are often excluded from participating in decision-making processes (women participate less in public or political consultation; they have lower participation rates in interest groups; etc.). It is also important to remember that equality does not mean equal participation in all kinds of activities. Rather, it is an issue of equal access to resources. Because men’s and women’s careers do not generally progress in parallel it is easy to see why women are often not considered for top positions. In academia, for example, the process of “publish or perish” puts researchers under much pressure to focus on publishing papers rather than acquiring practical skills. This ultimately tells against women who on top of pulling their weight in terms of publishing, are also expected to balance home life with those responsibilities.

    There are many good reasons to give women a chance to participate in decision-making. Two of the most important relate to economic growth and stability. Why do we care about these? Because if we are going to make the world an economically better place, then we need growth. And peace and prosperity in a country depend on income from exports plus contributions from foreign investors which makes growth vital for development. In fact, in many localities, women are responsible for the greater share of farm production. To support these positive trends, governments need to make legal and policy frameworks more conducive to more gender-sensitive development.

    However, this may not be the case. According to an empirical study by Marianne Bertrand and Sébastien Raymond in 2003, and other studies carried out since then, the opposite was found; the introduction of mandated gender quotas leads to an increase in women’s competence. Thus, while we cannot be certain, there is a definite risk that promoting higher numbers of women in leadership will translate into a generally lower quality of representatives. This may hold for more conservative countries. It is, therefore, necessary to think about how to encourage more capable women to put themselves forward.

    Manpreet Singh
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    In decision-making roles worldwide, women are underrepresented. Gender equality and diversity have, nonetheless, beneficial implications for organizations, institutions, and the economy as a whole. This article provides evidence that it can create not only more equal treatment but also large efficacy improvements by lowering the glass ceiling, an invisible obstacle that prevents women from getting to higher levels. Policies to speed up the gender equality process and to enhance the empowerment of women are at the center of the debate in many countries throughout the world. Equality between men and women is an important objective for the development of women as well as women’s economic participation, which is a “part of the equality of growth and stability.” Women comprise more than half a population, with men equivalent talent, human capital, and production, so enhancing women’s participation in the labor force would benefit the global economy. The lack of women in executive roles runs counter to the exploitative talent strategy.
    Gender equality and development are connected in developing countries: more gender equality creates the conditions to promote economic development and adds to economic growth, while more development leads to increased equality between men and women. Women being generally better educated than men in industrialized countries, offer a vital positive value for the economy and contribute significantly to economic growth. More women in the labor market mean significant GDP growth. Furthermore, when more women work a virtuous spiral can start: demand for services leads to an increase in spending which creates additional jobs, both for men and women.
    Gender gaps in several fields have been narrowing in the last two decades, like education, health care, employment, women’s law, governance involvement, etc. But significant discrepancies continue in all areas in different countries notwithstanding the development. Notably, India is a signatory to all the above-mentioned international obligations. However, India has been a long way behind in establishing equality between men and women, notably in terms of women represented in policymaking, for example. Women’s representation has increased from 4.4% to 11.9% from First Lok Sabha (1952) and Sixteenth Lok Sabha (2014). The Rajya Sabha (Upper House), over the whole post-Independence era, is also seeing a similar pattern of low female participation. The representation of women in Rajya Sabha rose from 6.9% in 1952 to 11.4% in 2014. Again, the number of female MPs in the upper house is significantly lower in comparison with the global average of 22.9 percent and the Asian average of 16.3 percent. Given the proportion of women (49,5%) in the overall Indian population, representation in parliament is a lopsided statistic.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    Women are underrepresented in our country when it comes to decision making people need to basically understand that decision you will never find women on the table when there are any serious decisions are taking place in Indian culture because men are the breadwinners for the family they are only allowed to make the decision even if they are wrong they don’t even bother to ask women what she think or what’s her opinion, they don’t give damn to women’s opinions which is not the right way the are also a part of the family and are mature enough to make a decision and speak in family matters, even if some women try to speak they are told that you should not interrupt and you only have right to make food and look after other decisions and thing we will handle. Earlier women are not that smart and educated they not have an understanding of right or wrong but now women are becoming educated and they don’t want to see families suffer. Women are breaking stereotypes assuring to making sure they put their point in front of people men are making things clear. Some women are very clear that they should take decisions for themselves. Because some women decide they have come forward in life. Male have ego problems they don’t like it if a female try to argue or likes to question their decisions. women need to stop agree with males when they are because some men make decisions only in their favor. Decision-making is allowed to everyone.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    Globally the percentage of women population is 49.6%. Out of which 6.6 % are the heads of state. Women make up 48.5 per cent of India’s population. Yet their presence in the decision-making positions- such as governance, corporate leadership, or law enforcement is far from proportionate. The sole exception is gram panchayats where Indian laws provide for women’s reservation. The representation of women in gram panchayats amounts to 42%. Gender quotas are effective in a political sphere. Overall, though as a country worships and celebrates the female deities, gender equality remains a far cry. In Lok Sabha women representatives amount to only 11.4%, in the Central council of ministers, it amounts to 10.8%. as Supreme court and high court judges, the number of women amounts to 8.4 %. In civil services, it amounts to 17.3% and in the police force 5.8%. In professions, such as chief executive officers managing directors it amounts to 2.7%. There are numerous barriers to leadership roles. Men are more capable than women and have better practical knowledge is one of the stereotypes which prevent women from being leaders. Women are expected to manage household chores and outside work simultaneously which becomes a huge burden for them. Sexism, violence against women and gender inequality also play a major role in preventing women to be in positions of decision making. Unfair competition, economic gaps- gender pay gap just add fuel to the fire. But women are essential in decision making for freedom and democracy. Gender equality and diversity have a huge impact on the country’s growth in the economy. Women’s participation helps in having a stable economy. Women are better at dealing with personal relationships and pay closer attention to the needs of people. Legislative decisions should be taken to increase the number of women involved in decision-making.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    In today’s world, Everybody gives chance to women to speak about her opinion but no one will focus on her opinion because of gender inequality towards women they don’t even get a chance to make decision about certain things. In our society, every family members will give priority to men’s decision and no one will give priority to atleast listen women’s decision this happens due to society mentality towards women they always make discrimination and inequality between men and women. Due to all these things women don’t get chance to Participate in Decision making. At workplace men are given more priority in decision making than women which is wrong both men and women should get equal chance in decision making. Gender inequality plays a major role towards women due to which women are not getting priority to participate in decision making. Society need to stop making gender discrimination and gender inequality between both men and women and start treating them equally due to which it will change the mindset of society towards women through which women will get equal chance in decision making and leadership. Women should put their points strongly and they should make sure that everybody gives importance to your opinion because you are equally deserve to be part of decision making.

    Afshan Iqbal
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    Every human should have the right to make their own decisions but we see a majority of women facing this challenge every day. Women don’t get an equal chance in decision making, they are bound to accept the fate that has been decided for them by the men of the family. This concept of neglecting a woman to make her own decisions start from the day she is born. When a girl wants to study, she has to rely on her father’s wishes. When she grows up and wants to pursue higher education it again comes to the father or the male head of the family. When a girl wants to hang out, it is mandatory for her to “ask her father” even though she has already asked her mother which itself shows that a woman’s decision is insignificant in front of a man’s. In the workplace, women aren’t included in important decision-making although they might hold a good position in a company, it is often preconceived that women think “emotionally” rather than practically! When it comes to a decision as important as marriage, she has to accept what the men of the family decided for her and is obliged to live her whole life with a man whom she hardly knows or likes. After marriage, all the decisions of her life come to the hands of her husband. From deciding what she will cook to deciding how she will spend the money, everything is in the hands of her husband whom she didn’t even choose for herself, how ironic! A woman cannot even opt to work if the male of the family doesn’t approve. It is instilled in the minds of people that decision-making is a “man’s thing” and only men can decide what is best. This gives rise to anti-feminism, bigotry, sexism, and stereotyping of women as weak, sensitive, and impractical. It is a fact that if a woman gets to decision making it could be threatening to the male ego and hence could discourage male dominance in society.

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    No, women are still not at place where they could get a free, unbiased participation in decision making. Decision making if looked at from a broader perspective is an important aspect in one’s life as they independently get to choose what they want. The choice to pursue any profession, the right to take major decisions including marriage, career, job, education are some important aspects of life where one should be able to decide for herself on her own.
    It is the dark aspect of society that women even today have been supressed to the level that they still don’t get to take their life decisions and in a patriarchal setup it is the adult male members of the family who decide for the women and girl child in their families. The male dominant society doesn’t wholeheartedly approve the feminist movement of enabling women to speak up for themselves and to criticize and abolish the cruelty towards them. It here becomes important to understand that if women like any other individual would be given an opportunity to decide for themselves it would not only lead us towards an independent nation but towards a prosperous society as well because of the reason that no women would be seen as a liability by her family. The majority of decision taken by women are appreciated amongst people because of the analysis they keep in mind. In the world today major political, social, economic development decisions are taken by women but the same come with a lot of criticism as it is a women primarily who got to decide the factors on any specific issue. The orthodox mindset still doesn’t allow a female to actively participate in decision making.

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    Women have hardly any say in decision making, in our country. Before taking any decision they need the consent of their father, brother or husband. Without consent their life doesn’t work. The society does not let it work. Women’s participation in decision making decreases with the lack of their education. But again women needs the consent of their parents for that too. From getting education to marrying the guy of their choice none of these decisions are finalized by women. And this is not only limited to their homes. The lack of say in decision making by women highly prevails in workplaces too, where women are often silenced and not given heed to. They are considered unworthy for decision making in comparison to men.

    Women are all- rounders! They are capable of working, earing, looking after their family, their children, managing their household and their opinions should be given importance to when it comes to decision making. It is important to reiterate the fact that women’s empowerment is something that we need to work on every single day.

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