Problems of women's political participation in Bangladesh : an empirical study

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dc.contributor.advisor Carbert, Louise I. (Louise Irene), 1960-
dc.coverage.spatial Bangladesh
dc.creator Chowdhury, Farah Deeba 2011-05-09T12:32:12Z 2011-05-09T12:32:12Z 2004
dc.identifier.other HQ1236.5 B3 C46 2004
dc.description vii, 116 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description 'Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts in the Joint Women's Studies Programme at Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary's University.'
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 105-115).
dc.description.abstract This thesis finds that women's participation in politics is extremely limited in Bangladesh despite the unique experience of having a woman prime minister and a woman opposition leader. How did Bangladesh get these two women political leaders? Despite having these two leaders, why is women's political participation extremely low? What are the problems of women politicians of Bangladesh? My thesis identifies the problems that women themselves face when participating as active politicians. In order to identify the problems I interviewed twenty-three women members of the 7 th parliament in Bangladesh. I find that Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia--two women leaders emerged in Bangladesh politics due to the low level of political institutionalization and patriarchy. Paradoxically, these are the main reasons, which keep women in general down. My study suggests that women of Bangladesh must fight against patriarchy so that women are considered as human beings. At the same time women must also fight for political institutionalization, which will prevent violence and corrupt practices. Then rational debate about the vital issues of the people, not money or muscle power will be the dominant factor of electoral politics in Bangladesh. If reason becomes a dominant factor, then women can participate equally in the decision-making process of Bangladesh.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HQ1236.5.B3
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Political activity -- Bangladesh
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Bangladesh -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Women's rights -- Bangladesh
dc.subject.lcsh Bangladesh -- Politics and government
dc.title Problems of women's political participation in Bangladesh : an empirical study
dc.type Text Master of Arts in Women's Studies Masters Women's Studies Program Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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