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Good Governance Practices: Women Participation and Gender Mainstreaming

 

Nur Syakiran Akmal Ismail*
Rozita Arshad
College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia

*Corresponding author; email: nsai@uum.edu.my

 


ABSTRACT

This paper analyzes the issue of women participation in decision making as a means to achieve good governance. Good governance is believed to generate better sustainable development, which can be achieved through gender mainstreaming (gender equality) and women participation in decision making as well. Malaysia has used gender mainstreaming approach to achieve greater equality and improve good governance. This paper then focuses on women involvement in decision making as a case study at two selected ministries. This paper also discusses the implementation of gender mainstreaming approaches in decision making for both men and women. Data was gathered from interview with eight respondents holding top management positions at two selected ministries. The results show that both ministries have women involvement in decision making process, but the implementation of gender mainstreaming approach in decision making process is still minimal. Therefore, this paper suggests some solutions to ensure that women participation and the implementation of gender mainstreaming approach exist in the decision making processes.

Keywords: participation, governance, gender equality, decision making, gender mainstreaming