A step-by-step process of writing a blog at Women for politics

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Do you have a research topic on gender and politics in South Asia? You can share the idea with one of the editors in the editorial team to brainstorm and build your initial outline. If you are looking for ideas, you can reach out to the team for the list of topics and themes to select one. You have the freedom to develop a topic further too; broaden the scope or deepen it, make it a specific argument for recommendations to policy, governance, organisations or a generic commentary for awareness and call for action.

Once you have ideated your topic, key argument(s) and possible outcome(s), you will draft an outline with the structure of your blog article including your key argument(s). Send this outline (via google docs) to the contact@womenforpolitics.com

An editor will review and share their comments after which you can start reviewing the literature on your topic and write the first draft. If you decide to include a primary data collection, you will need to discuss the requirements with the team for a smooth process.

Before you start writing your article draft, it is advisable to read the blog guidelines and the research policy indicated on the website. While submitting the draft, please check all your hyperlinks, do a final grammar check and do a quick fact check on numbers you may have quoted. Your draft will undergo multiple reviews, including a plagiarism check and therefore some iterations.

The reviews include grammar editing, fact check, thematic/subject review, a gender sensitivity reading, and plagiarism check.

Please send us your picture (headshot preferred), short bio and social media handles.

The finalised article will be published on the blog section of our website. Once published, we will also promote the same on our social media handles and tag you.

Share your idea

Send us your outline

Submit your draft

Editing

Publish

Things to Remember

We accept blog-style writing with academic rigour for publication on its blog space. The main aim is to put forth a positive discourse on political representation and participation  of women in South Asia.

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Our audience is the people working towards bringing gender equality, and we use our blogs to indicate possible actions/solutions, recommendations and calls for action. So authors are encouraged to look at, work on or towards a solution to the issues they raise.

We aim for our articles to be around 800 words.

Photo essays are also welcome – we ask that these are no more than 800 words. They can feature 4-9 images.

Use narrative titles – a single sentence that sums up the main argument of the article. The more descriptive and catchy the title, the more likely the article is to be read. Avoid questions or general topics. Also, limit the word to fifteen words or less.

Add hyperlinks to refereed text by using ctrl-K in Word or simply place the URL in parentheses where you would like it to be placed and we will link it ourselves while publishing.

In some cases, a footnote might be accepted.

Please send a three to four line bio with your affiliations should you have any. Please also send a small colour photo headshot and social media handles.

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Suggestive Topics and Areas of Research

  • Sri Lanka: Women’s Parliamentarians Caucus: Scope for Improving Women’s Representation

  • Rise of Women's Political Leadership in Maldives

  • Constitutional framework to enable gender diversity in politics 

  • Women's political leadership at the grassroots

  • Reflections/Learnings from Women's voting in (any state/province/nation)

  • Election Commission's provisions for political parties - A gender perspective

  • 50 years of Bangladesh: Road ahead for women's representation

  • Analyse the different ways in which collaboration, networking and collectivity play in role in enabling Women’s political participation

  • Comparing Women’s leadership between South Asian countries (this could be two countries max for one article)

  • Initiatives by the Election Commission to empower women candidates

  • Initiatives by the Election Commission to empower women voters

  • Laws relating to and focused on gender diversity in politics

* For the above topics, you may choose any country/province within South Asia as a context while writing the article

* Please note that the topics listed above are non-exhaustive. If you can think of other similar ideas that cover gender and politics in South Asia, please feel free to reach out to us at contact@womenforpolitics.com and discuss. Thank you.