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We Want to Be in the Room Where it Happens: Challenges for Women's Representation in the Zambian Parliament
Swedish Defence University.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay explores the cultural and socio-economic barriers for women’s political representation in Zambian politics as well as the importance of women’s representation for their human security. Due to a Western focus on earlier research, a developing country was chosen in order to investigate any differing perspectives that would emerge. The guiding research problem was why Zambia despite being relatively stable and peaceful still ranked lower in gender equality indexes when compared to their more unstable neighbours.A theoretical model outlined by Nadezhda Shvedova was used to formulate interview questions. The main material used for the study was semi-structured interviews conducted with members of the National Assembly in Lusaka Zambia as part of a Minor Field Study. The results allowed for an expansion of Shvedova’s model with one more category. The main conclusion reached is that all barriers outlined in Shvedova’s model were present in Zambia but that there is a slow but constant progress in eliminating these barriers mainly through political will and representation of women in politics. Suggested continuations of the study are to do a comparative study with a country in the region as well as conducting non-elite interviews and surveys outside the capital city Lusaka.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 34
Keywords [en]
Women Peace and Security, Representation, Zambia, Human Security
Keywords [sv]
kvinnor fred och säkerhet, Zambia, mänsklig säkerhet
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8351OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8351DiVA, id: diva2:1284040
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Political Science with focus on crisis management and security
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Kandidatprogrammet
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Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-01-30 Last updated: 2019-03-07Bibliographically approved

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