Reasons for Reluctance: What Holds Women Back

May 26, 2015

The research study commissioned by IWDA’s Funding Leadership Opportunities for Women program examined Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership and presented respondents with a list of possible reasons for women’s reluctance to enter politics.

A lack of community support and encouragement, cultural barriers and discrimination were the main reasons identified by those surveyed. Respondents were also asked to consider factors that would influence their decision to stand for election.

In doing so, the study exposes the gender bias that lies at the heart of why women are under-represented in government in Fiji and demonstrates the public’s desire for more gender balanced political representation.