Flag_of_South_Africa.svgWomen comprise 41% of elected local government councillors following the 3 August 2016 municipal elections and 40% of MPs in South Africa. The local government elections figures show a three percentage point increase from the 2011 elections results. While impressive by global standards, these figures are still way below the SADC Gender Protocol 50% target of women’s representation in leadership and decision making in all spheres leadership and governance. Women’s equal participation may be guaranteed by the Constitution, but political parties have done little to make sure that it is guaranteed in reality. The situation is more ironical when South Africa has pledged in regional and global forums to make women equal partners in decision-making.

Read more on the Gender in the 2016 Local Government Elections – For the full 2016 report click here.
Briefing Note 1 on 2016 municipal elections: Click here – Briefing note 2 on 2016 municipal elections : Click here
Gender in the 2014 SA National elections: Click here.
Gender in the 2011 SA local government elections: Click here.
Gender in the 2009 SA Elections: Click here
Gender and Leadership Checklist: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here