Policy Brief: 50/50 by 2015? Women in politics in Southern Africa


Date: April 14, 2014
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With less than two years before the 2015 deadline for achieving the 28 targets of the SADC Gender Protocol, progress towards equal representation of women in political decision-making over the past thirteen years has been slow and uneven. This policy brief places the SADC region in the global context, highlighting some of the gains and losses since 2000. Local government elections held between 2010 and 2011 show that this sphere of governance has become a testing ground for some of the best and worst trends of women’s representation in political decisionmaking.

The policy brief examines some of the reasons for this, highlighting the roles that electoral systems, quotas, political will, campaigns and the media can play in achieving the target. A key point made is that if some countries are able of achieving or coming close to achieving this target then all countries in the region are capable of doing so.

 


Publisher: Gender Links
Year of Publication: November 2013

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