The essence of contemporary democracy is the concept of representation, i.e., people’s interests are expressed via democratically elected representatives. The right to be represented and the right to elect a representative are basic rights generally included in the Constitution. According to democratic principles all social groups should be proportionally represented at power and decision-making posts.
Achievement of gender equality at all levels of decision-making is critical from both human rights and democratic development perspectives. The more women and men participate in decision-making, the better are different interests and experiences represented. Consequently, the political decisions would reflect the needs of both groups and participatory democracy would thus develop. A balance of women and men on the political decision-making level is the basic indicator of a country’s measure of gender equality and democracy.