Objectives

  • 1. To engage in the field of research and other kinds of analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of the driving forces and challenges facing elected women representatives that promote or impede their effective participation in local governance thereby expanding the evidence base for policy and operational decisions in South Asia.
  • 2. To identify training needs, and assess the capacity of training institutions for gender responsive governance
  • 3. To carry out the capacity building of the identified training institutions to enable and empower the elected representatives, and officials of PRIs for gender responsive governance.
  • 4.To set up a Regional Centre of Excellence that offers South- South exchange and cooperation through exposure visits across the region for newly elected women leaders, that identifies new and current research questions after extensive consultation with stakeholders and a league of formerly/past elected women, and that organizes regional level meetings on effective advocacy and legislation on the gender dimension of issues in which male and female leaders can participate and develop strategies to introduce more powerful legislation and policies in their home countries.