Sevdalina Voynova gave an overview of strategies applied in Bulgaria to increase women’s participation and representation. Her paper highlighted the increase in women’s political participation—up to 20 percent representation in Parliament—but cautions there is still much work to be done to achieve gender balance in decision-making.

Voynova states that apart from their specific goals and objectives, Bulgarian women’s NGOs need to take the lead in establishing zero tolerance for gender discrimination in the public discourse. In the last years influential male politicians have made discriminative public statements, which mainly passed unnoticed. Women’s NGOs need to watchdog consistently decision makers and to hold them accountable, whereas politically active women need to unite for joint action around similar issues.

To read more, click here: Sevdalina Voynova, “Overview of Strategies Applied in Bulgaria”

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