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African Women’s Political Participation Barometer

African Women’s Political Participation Barometer

The pre-final first African Women’s Political Participation Barometer was launched by HE President Joyce Banda on 18 March. Find out more about the launch of the Barometer here. Download the chapters below. English French English French English French English French English French English French English French English French English French English French English French English […]

May 15, 2021 Themes: Elections | Gender equality | Governance Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign

MAURITIUS Village Council Elections: Climbing mountains and not reaching the top

Gender Links started work at local level since 2005. We have climbed many mountains and they were getting higher and higher until the New Local Government Bill came into force. The New Local Government Act marked a revolutionary step in the history of Mauritius. Government amended the constitution in order to push through to allow […]

November 24, 2020 Themes: Elections Programs: Gender & Governance

Mixed feelings on Malawi’s new cabinet

Mixed feelings on Malawi’s new cabinet

By Joseph Kayira Lilongwe, 9 July: Malawi’s newly elected President Dr Lazarus Chakwera yesterday announced his full cabinet. The cabinet announcement was received with  mixed reaction from gender equality  activists. The President appointed a 31-member Cabinet with only  12 women (38.7%)- 4 appointed as cabinet ministers and 8 appointed as deputies narrowly missing the 40 percent […]

Mapping Local Democracy in Central District and Kwaneng District

This is a report for Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA). Gaborone was selected as one of five cities for a pilot phase for a new methodology for mapping local democracy. This book serves as a reference point for local democracy within Botswana and in the international world. It is intended to help local democracy […]

Beyond numbers: Gender audit of the May 2019 South African elections

South Africa has 46% women in the House of Assembly and provincial legislatures and 50% women in cabinet. All the speakers in national and provincial legislatures are women. Women voters predominate. However, the goal of women leaders of political parties is elusive and only six of 48 political parties are led by women. There has […]

The Electoral Commission Gender Strategy: September 2019

The Electoral Commission (EC) Gender Strategy was developed as a guide for gender mainstreaming within the Ugandan EC and the entire electoral cycle. It reinforces the National Gender Policy which encourages all government ministries to mainstream gender with the goal of eliminating all inequalities. The Gender Strategy provides guidelines on internal processes and practices to […]

Election Manifesto of Constitution and Election Women Coalition: 2015 General Elections

The Tanzanian general elections of 2015 are of historical importance for the women’s liberation struggle. The 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform of Action opens a new era to reconnect and mobilise the public. Political empowerment is the priority area for the 2015 elections. This manifesto has brought together voices from the Coalition of Women […]

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 […]

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 […]