Dangerous Ideas in Development: 'Can Quotas of Women Parliamentarians Tackle Gender Inequality in Developing Countries?'

Wednesday 15 December 2010 17:00 to 18:30
Committee Room 7, Palace of Westminster, London
Dangerous Ideas in Development event held at the Palace of Westminster

Dangerous Ideas in Development: Challenging Orthodoxies and Promoting Fresh Thinking on International Development


  • Mariz Tadros, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
  • Ana Alice Alcântara Costa, Nucleus of Interdisciplinary Studies, Federal University of Bahia
  • Carolina Gottardo, Head of Policy and Advocacy, One World Action
  • Chair: Baroness Tonge

Just after Brazil elects its first female president, we debate whether positive discrimination should be used to fast-track women's involvement in political decision-making.

Almost one in five parliamentarians worldwide are now women, a 73 per cent increase over the last 15 years. But less than 6 per cent of the world's elected heads of state are female. Meanwhile a report to world leaders attending the recent Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit in New York detailed the 'sluggish' progress made by the global community in achieving gender equality. Is it time for more quotas to transform gender relations in poor countries?

If you would like to attend please RSVP to: s.nelson@ids.ac.uk or call 01273 915636.

A joint event by the Institute of Development Studies and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Debt, Aid and Trade