A step-by-step process of writing a blog at CGAP

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Share your ideas

  • Let us know a specific subject or topic related to gender and politics in South Asia you would be interested to write about. 

  • The Editorial Team can also help you brainstorm ideas and the blog outline

Submitting your draft

  • You will be given a google doc template according to which you will need to write your piece. 

  • Do refer to the blog guidelines mentioned below before you start writing.

Feedback and Editing

  • The Editing team will review your first draft for plagiarism, grammar and gender sensitivity

  • No final edits would be made without the agreement of the author.

Publishing

  • Once the final edits are done, the article will be published on the CGAP website

  • The author will need to send a headshot and a small bio about themselves

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.

Not sure where to start? Check out the suggestive topics and areas of research below and this template that can help frame your thoughts.

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

  • Review of Queer People in Politics

  • Best Practices on LGBTQ+ community's political participation

* 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@cgapsouthasia.org and discuss. Thank you.