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Year: 2014 Type: Article Language: English

Most of the literature on women in politics and political empowerment in Bangladesh has either focused on the elected women representatives at the union level in rural areas and the constraints they face or on the ineffectiveness of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in reserved seats. In this chapter, we shift the focus from rural areas and women MPs to women councillors in urban government.

Instead of highlighting the barriers experienced by women, through life history narratives we explore women’s political agency and their pathways of power. We investigate the following questions: what are the different entry points for women to gain political apprenticeship? How have these different entry points shaped their experience in politics, especially in building constituencies and support networks? How have these experiences influenced the ways and issues these women engage with once in formal office? 

Resource is unavailable online, but can be viewed at the British Library of Development Studies in Brighton, www.blds.ids.ac.uk.

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