In the wake of World War II three major political trends have formed international development; the human rights revolution, the diffusion of democracy, and the growing acceptance of gender equality. All three trends have contributed to significant increases in women’s participation, representation and influence. Yet great contrasts persist in women’s ability to exercise the rights which the international community of states has bestowed upon them.
Hernes, Helga (2014) Global Aspects of Women’s Participation, PRIO Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.