The Gender, elections and the media project seeks to highlight the gendered dimensions of elections as well as to empower citizens, especially women and civil society to engage critically with the media. Women politicians generally have a difficult relationship with the media. This project therefore seeks to bridge the gaps between these two groups by bringing them together to deliberate on the gendered nature of elections coverage.

The project forms part of a region-wide campaign to increase women’s political representation and participation in politics in line with the 2008 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development that aims to achieve gender parity in all areas of decision-making by 2015. This project targets women politicians, the media and civil society in SADC countries in the run up to elections.  The representation of women in parliament currently stands at 23.6% and 23% respectively. According to GL projections the region is set to go over 30% women’s representation in national and local government by 2016. Click here to read more.

So far training has been conducted inthe Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.

Botswana

Gender in the 2009 Botswana elections: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Manuals: Gender Elections; Women in politics
Report: 2008 – 2009

DRC

Gender and media elections report: Click here

Lesotho

Pamphlet: Getting the balance right
Gender in the 2011 Lesotho Local Government Election: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here

Malawi

Gender in the 2009 Malawi Elections: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Manuals: Gender elections; Women in politics
Report: 2009

Mauritius

Gender in the 2010 elections. Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Manual: Workshop manual

Mozambique

Gender in the 2009 elections. Click here
Workshop Report: Click here

Namibia

Gender in the 2009 Namibian elections: Click here
Fact Sheet: Click here
Manuals: Women in politics; Gender and elections
Case Studies: Give her the car wash;
Gender and the councils;
Oasis in the desert

South Africa

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
Manuals: Click here
Contacts: Click here
Case studies: Gender mainstreaming

Tanzania

Gender in the 2010 elections: Click here

Zambia

Gender in the 2011 Zambia Local Government Election: Click here

Regional

Report: Gender, media and elections: Overview 2008 – 2009
Fact Sheets: Gender and governance in Southern Africa; SADC Gender Protocol and the Media
Opinion pieces: Click here and search under GEM commentaries and theme “elections” for more elections related commentaries.
VRC: Click here and search under VRC and theme “elections” for more elections related VRC.

Past Campaigns
Gender, Elections and the Media 2004/2005