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Namibia: Gender parity in parliament – a reality!

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament – a reality!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Windhoek, 12 December: Women’s representation in parliament in Namibia is poised to reach the parity mark following elections in late November. This would place Namibia at par, or possibly even higher than the 46% attained by South Africa, presently the highest in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Namibia has 96 members […]

December 30, 2019 Themes: Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Namibia: Women MPs set to increase in elections underway

Namibia: Women MPs set to increase in elections underway

Namibia, 26 November: As the votes come in from Namibia’s elections yesterday, women’s representation in parliament is likely to increase from 40% to 43% according to predictions by Gender Links Namibia (GLN). This will place Namibia second after South Africa in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and add to pressure for a legislated quota […]

November 28, 2019 Themes: Elections | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Cards stacked against women in Madagascar local elections

Cards stacked against women in Madagascar local elections

Antananarivo, 26 November:  As Madagascar gears up for local elections tomorrow every indication is that women’s representation is likely to decline as there are no female candidates fielded in the major cities where the ruling party is likely to win. Currently women comprise a mere 8% of councilors. In a decree issued just before the […]

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

As Madagascar gears up for local elections tomorrow every indication is that women’s representation is likely to decline as there are no female candidates fielded in the major cities where the ruling party is likely to win. Currently women comprise a mere 8% of councilors. In a decree issued just before the elections, the electoral […]

November 26, 2019 Themes: Local Government | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | News

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Press release Harare, 20 November 2019: Gender Links (GL) urges the Zimbabwe government to uphold the gender parity provisions of the Constitution following recent signs of back tracking. Section 17 of the 2013 Constitution says that ‘the State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society.” We note with concern the lack of gender balance […]

Mauritius: Sluggish gains for women following Nov polls

Mauritius: Sluggish gains for women following Nov polls

11 November, Port Louis:  The proportion of women in the Mauritius parliament has increased from 12% in 2014 to 20% in the 7 November elections: still  well short of the gender parity target in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Expressing disappointment at the outcome, GL Board member Loga Virahsawmy called for urgent electoral reform. […]

Paridade de Género no parlamento de Moçambique continua ilusivo.

Paridade de Género no parlamento de Moçambique continua ilusivo.

11 de Novembro 2019: A representação das mulheres no parlamento em Moçambique observou um decréscimo de 2,0 ponto percentual nas eleições de outubro. Embora Moçambique tenha um dos melhores desempenhos na Comunidade de Desenvolvimento da África Austral (SADC), o fracasso em alcançar a paridade de género nestas eleições é um retrocesso sério. “Temos apenas mais […]

Gender parity in Mozambique parliament elusive

Gender parity in Mozambique parliament elusive

11 November 2019: Women’s representation in parliament in Mozambique decreased by 2 percentage points the October elections.[1]While Mozambique is one of the better performers in the Southern African development Community (SADC) the failure to reach gender parity in these elections is a serious set-back. “We have only two elections to go before the 2030 deadline for […]

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gaborone, 8 November: With just two elections until 2030, the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the representation of women in the Botswana parliament has increased by just one percentage point from 10% to 11%. A paltry seven women have made it to the Botswana Parliament following the general elections held […]

November 8, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance | News

Is emotional abuse not abuse

My Name is Kedibone* I got married to my husband in 1995 and in 1997 we had our first child this is when he started to abuse me.  He was a very jealous man. When I went to work, he would follow me to make sure I am at work. He used to swear at […]