Elections

Beyond numbers in SA politics

Beyond numbers in SA politics

Johannesburg  17 May 2019: Speaker Baleka Mbete once famously said that South Africa now has a culture of “zero tolerance for no women in politics”. Despite the drop in support for the African National Congress (ANC) which has been the mainstay of steady increases in women’s political participation since 1994, South Africa’s 2019 elections broke […]

Mixed blessings for women in SA elections

Mixed blessings for women in SA elections

Johannesburg, 14 May: As predicted to the letter by Gender Links (GL) women’s representation in parliament in South Africa will go up by four percentage points to 44% following the 2019 elections, despite the drop in support for the African National Congress (ANC), whose 50/50 quota for women has been crucial to boosting women’s political […]

Learning comes through reflection

Learning comes through reflection

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”– Thomas A. Edison Life as we all know is a journey. A journey filled with challenges and how you overcome them, victories (no matter how big or small it’s still a Win) and well […]

April 14, 2019 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance

Election Voices Silenced

Media coverage of Zimbabwe’s 2005 Parliamentary elections This includes the SADC Guidelines as well as the campagn, the vote and the results

January 11, 2019 Themes: Elections | Media Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Gender in the 2018 Zimbabwe LG elections

Gender in the 2018 Zimbabwe LG elections

This gender analysis of the 2018 local government elections that witnessed a decline in women’s representation from 16% to 14% reflects the deeply ingrained patriarchal nature of politics in Zimbabwe. It highlights the need to extend the constitutional quota for women in parliament due in expire in 2023, and to strengthen the campaign led by […]

December 11, 2018 Themes: Elections | Governance Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Commonwealth Gender and Elections Checklist

The Secretariat supports member states to get gender parity in political participation. The Gender and Elections checklist is part of this support. The checklist comes from the research studies and policy tools pioneered in Commonwealth Africa. The checklist covers the constitution, electoral system as well as political parties.  

December 6, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Political parties and women’s political participation in Commonwealth Africa.

This research report begins with an overview of women’s political participation. Section 3 covers the objectives of the study and also the methodology of the study. There are six case studies as well as reviews of parties policies. Section 6 concludes and provides recommendations on best practice

A Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Elections in Commonwealth Africa

Promoting gender equality across society is a core value of the Commonwealth. In 1996 member countries recommended that members should try to achieve a target of at least 30% of women in decision-making positions. The Heads of Government endorsed this in 1997. Seven of the top ten performers in parliamentary gender equality in the Commonwealth […]

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais

Formações sobre a integração do género nos pleitos eleitorais A Gender Links Moçambique realizou nos dias 11-16 do mês de Setembro, uma formação que reuniu jornalistas e membros de partidos políticos sobre a integração do género no âmbito da campanha 50/50, rumo aos pleitos eleitorais nas zonas centro e norte do país, que conscide com […]

November 13, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Media | Gender, Media and Elections | Women in Politics

Gender audit of Lesotho local elections

Gender audit of Lesotho local elections

Once held up as the shining star of women’s political representation at the local level, the proportion of women in local government in Lesotho has steadily declined from 58% in the first local elections in 2005, to 49% in 2011 to 40% in the September 2017 elections. This steady downward trend has taken place despite […]

October 18, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance