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World Bibliography In the space of a few decades, women have started to penetrate spheres of public life that had remained closed to them for centuries, but they have been confronted with the reality that the world of politics put up more resistance to their integration than any other. Throughout the world, women and also men and many organisations including the Inter-Parliamentary Union, have sought to understand the nature and scope of the phenomenon and the means to melt down this resistance and resolve the democratic deficit it generates, thus producing a body of literature which is daily being enriched and diversified on women's participation in political life.

Today, anyone wishing to know what has been written on the subject of women's participation in political life or on a particular aspect of this question is faced with a challenge: not so much the challenge of the scarcity of bibliographical references, but rather that of the difficulty of gaining access to a reliable database containing a broad selection of bibliographical references grouped by affinities.

DatabaseThe World Bibliography seeks to fill this gap. Even though its stock has been exhausted and the publication is no longer available, as of year 2000 the bibliography is accessible for research on this site in the form of an on-line database. It is constantly up-dated to take account of new books and articles produced throughout the world on the subject of women in politics. All those able to indicate new bibliographical references that are pertinent are invited to do so.

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Some 650 titles under the following sections:

 International perspective
Juridical instruments, declarations and plans of action of universal scope
Studies, articles and other works

 Regional perspective
Juridical instruments, declarations and plans of action of regional scope
Studies, articles and other works
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Arab Countries
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • Commonwealth Countries
 Country-by-country perspective
Titles on the following 99 countries:
Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Angola, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagaskar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
 Thematic perspective
23 themes covered as follows:
  • History
  • Career profiles and biographies
  • Gender equality policy
  • Strategies and plans of action for change (international and regional)
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Women's political socialisation
  • Women in political parties (Policy towards women; grassroots level; women in senior posts; internal elections; women's branches of political parties; women's political parties)
  • Non-governmental organisations promoting women's political participation and election
  • Women's training in political skills
  • Public perceptions and stereotyping
  • Politics and private commitments
  • Parity
  • Gender partnership
  • Women's suffrage and exercise of electoral rights
  • Electoral systems
  • Affirmative action measures
  • Women candidates
  • Women parliamentarians (statistics; critical mass; presidency of Parliament; women in parliamentary committees; women's parliamentary groups; legislative behaviour; women's parliamentary input and impact; women senators)
  • Women in Government
  • Women in local government
  • Women in civil service
  • Women in decision-making
  • Media coverage
 "Women in Politics" on the Web
Sites with an international scope
Sites with a regional or national scope

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