Since the end of the Cold War, much international attention has been devoted to building democracies to replace authoritarian regimes. East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and last year’s Arab Spring are examples of this movement. But women seem to be the consistent losers in the new democracies: why is this so and what can we do about it?
Hilary Charlesworth is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She has held visiting appointments at various US and European universities.