The great debates on women in leadership

Date: January 28, 2011
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From February to May 2009 the GMDC hosted a series of seven debates on gender and leadership. The principles of democracy and human rights are prominent in southern Africa’s push to reassess and redefine its political and economic development.


In addition, SADC Heads of State signed the Protocol on Gender and Development on 17 August 2008 and they committed themselves to achieving at least 50 percent representation of women in decision making positions in the public and private sectors by 2015. Political will and party quota systems have been identified as some of the ways which will enable the region to achieve this target. The question that arises is “What makes a great leader, and where does gender feature in the checklist for good leadership?”

These debates attracted views from various people in different countries. Also, at the end of each debate, participants were called to comment on the qualities of a good leader.

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