Elections

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

Election Voices Silenced

Media coverage of Zimbabwe’s 2005 Parliamentary elections This includes the SADC Guidelines as well as the campagn, the vote and the results

January 11, 2019 Themes: Elections | Media Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Gender in the 2018 Zimbabwe LG elections

Gender in the 2018 Zimbabwe LG elections

This gender analysis of the 2018 local government elections that witnessed a decline in women’s representation from 16% to 14% reflects the deeply ingrained patriarchal nature of politics in Zimbabwe. It highlights the need to extend the constitutional quota for women in parliament due in expire in 2023, and to strengthen the campaign led by […]

December 11, 2018 Themes: Elections | Governance Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance

Commonwealth Gender and Elections Checklist

The Secretariat supports member states to get gender parity in political participation. The Gender and Elections checklist is part of this support. The checklist comes from the research studies and policy tools pioneered in Commonwealth Africa. The checklist covers the constitution, electoral system as well as political parties.  

December 6, 2018 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Political parties and women’s political participation in Commonwealth Africa.

This research report begins with an overview of women’s political participation. Section 3 covers the objectives of the study and also the methodology of the study. There are six case studies as well as reviews of parties policies. Section 6 concludes and provides recommendations on best practice