Elections

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 […]

Botswana: Women MPs set to drop further in election underway

Botswana: Women MPs set to drop further in election underway

For immediate release Gaborone, 23 October: As elections get under way in Botswana today, the die is cast for another likely downswing in women’s political representation. “Botswana is considered as one of the most progressive democracies in Africa, but has not met the standards in achieving equal representation of women in politics,” said Gender Links […]

October 23, 2019 Themes: Elections Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

SALA DA PAZ PREOCUPADA COM ALGUMAS IRREGULARIDADES DURANTE A VOTAÇÃO

Maputo: 15 de Outubro 2019: A Plataforma de Observação Eleitoral Conjunta, Sala da Paz, manifestou a sua preocupação com existência de casos de algumas irregularidades no processo de votação das quais a propaganda eleitoral, o impedimento ao voto de alguns eleitores, bem como a interrupção de algumas mesas de voto, em algumas assembleias de voto. […]

October 15, 2019 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance | Gender, Media and Elections

Gender equality in Botswana elections

Gender equality in Botswana elections

Botswana will hold its General elections on 23 October 2019. These will be both the Parliamentary and the Local Government elections.  Botswana, since independence has been using the First-past-the-post electoral system; where the winner needs a simple majority to win the election. Fifty-seven Constituencies will be contested for in October 2019 as well as 490 […]

Zim: Gender & elections experts discuss 50-50

Zim: Gender & elections experts discuss 50-50

Press release Harare, 28 June: At the invitation of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission, a team of gender and elections experts from Mauritius, Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia are in Harare to share possible options on how to boost women’s electoral performance in the 2023 elections. “This is a ground breaking initiative that needs to be […]

Southern African Expert Mission to Zimbabwe on Gender and Elections

Southern African Expert Mission to Zimbabwe on  Gender and Elections

This paper sets out key issues and options for the increased representation of women in politics in Zimbabwe following the 2018 elections that witnessed a decline in women’s political representation at national and local level. The matter is of critical importance given: The provisions of Article 17 of the Constitution for women’s equal and effective […]

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

GL gives a cautious thumbs up to new SA cabinet

GL gives a cautious thumbs up to new SA cabinet

Johannesburg, 30 May: Gender Links (GL), welcomes the 50/50 cabinet and change in women’s minister announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday, but says he missed the opportunity to appoint a woman deputy President and restructure the women’s ministry. Announcing his long-awaited cabinet following the 8 May elections, President Ramaphosa proudly announced that South Africa has […]

Beyond numbers in SA politics

Beyond numbers in SA politics

Johannesburg  17 May 2019: Speaker Baleka Mbete once famously said that South Africa now has a culture of “zero tolerance for no women in politics”. Despite the drop in support for the African National Congress (ANC) which has been the mainstay of steady increases in women’s political participation since 1994, South Africa’s 2019 elections broke […]

Mixed blessings for women in SA elections

Mixed blessings for women in SA elections

Johannesburg, 14 May: As predicted to the letter by Gender Links (GL) women’s representation in parliament in South Africa will go up by four percentage points to 44% following the 2019 elections, despite the drop in support for the African National Congress (ANC), whose 50/50 quota for women has been crucial to boosting women’s political […]

Learning comes through reflection

Learning comes through reflection

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”– Thomas A. Edison Life as we all know is a journey. A journey filled with challenges and how you overcome them, victories (no matter how big or small it’s still a Win) and well […]

April 14, 2019 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance