Gender equality and inclusive electoral and
socio-economic practices are crucial for the establishment of a functioning
democracy. Participation, inclusion and citizenship rights are just as fundamental
to the success of a functioning democratic state as are elections, systems of
check and balances and a range of political parties.
Concerns International advocates proportional representation of ethnic and
cultural minorities into Dutch political and policy making structures. We
believe that the progressive integration of minorities into national and
international representative bodies is the key for social harmony and societal
the last 20 years, the majority of the poorest countries have suffered from
war. After establishing peace almost half of these countries relapsed in the
former state of conflict. Most post-war reconstruction strategies, which aim to
help the whole population in the area of conflict, neglect the uniqueness and
different needs of disparate groups in the society.
Women are particularly affected by disasters, according to the World
Health Organisation. The account for over seventy five percent of displaced
persons, and are particularly vulnerable to reproductive and sexual health
problems, all the while taking the roles of caretakers in the post-disaster
context and losing their sources of income.