flag of zambiaWomen in Zambia comprise less than 10% of elected local government officials. This result is not a good sign for democracy or, diversity in democracy. Women won only 6% of the local government election in 2011, a 1.2% decrease from the previous election in 2006. This is a concern for the country’s ability to achieve certain key objectives such as the SADC Gender and Development Protocol target of equal representation in all decision-making positions by 2015. General elections will be held in Zambia on 11 August 2016 to elect the President, National Assembly and local councillors. It is yet to be determined the proportion of women’s representation at all levels but projections from lists show possible regression.

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Gender in the 2011 Zambia Local Government Election: Click here