Politics

Drivers of Change: Samuel Phiri – Chipata COE

“Since I became gender aware, I have started conducting gender promotion projects and activities in my ward that contribute to gender equality. These include taking time to meet women on their own and discuss with them matters that affect them in their communities. This has helped me understand gender concerns of every member of my […]

October 1, 2020 Themes: Politics Programs: Gender & Governance

Drivers of Change: Mulenga Kateule – Kitwe COE

“I believe that being gender aware helps to determine how social norms and power structures impact the lives of men and women. I became gender aware after I was elected as councillor in my ward. I realized that very few women take up positions in politics for fear of being defeated by men. Hence I […]

Tues 11 Aug 11-13h: Women and Electoral Systems in SA

Tues 11 Aug 11-13h: Women and Electoral Systems in SA

Gender Links in partnership with Commission for Gender Equality(CGE), South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID), and Women Voice and Leadership (WVL)   will host a cyber dialogue on Women’s Political Participation and the Constitutional Court ruling on the Electoral System – Cyber Dialogues. Date: 11 August 2020 Who: Citizens, women, youth, media, electoral system experts, NGOs, […]

Malawi removes ministry of gender, misses 40/60 target

Malawi removes ministry of gender, misses 40/60 target

For Immediate release OMISSION/SCRAPPING OFF OF MINISTRY OF GENDER FROM THE CABINET LIST AND FAILURE TO MEET THE 40/60 TARGET AS ANNOUNCED ON 8TH JULY 2020 By: Womens Manifesto, NGOGCN, Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance, Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN), 50/50 Campaign. Lilongwe, 9 July: First and foremost, we would like to congratulate Your […]

Activists demand apology over remarks on Joyce Banda

Activists demand apology over remarks on Joyce Banda

By Joseph Kayira Blantyre, 3 June – Women and rights groups, gender activists, civil society and politicians are demanding an apology from Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika for calling his predecessor Joyce Banda a ‘prostitute’ during a whistle stop political campaign in his home district 40 kilometres south of the commercial city of Blantyre. Rights activists […]

Drivers of Change: Soolekha Jeepaul-Raddhoa – Quatre Bornes COE

Drivers of Change: Soolekha Jeepaul-Raddhoa – Quatre Bornes COE

Mrs Raddhoa has always been willing to push the envelope throughout her 36 years of public service.  Her experiences serving as a syndicalist, working as a consumer advocate, recently serving as the Mayor of Quatre-Bornes for 2 years and now as a local councilor has made her aware of the various forms of oppression that […]

May 27, 2020 Themes: Governance | Politics Programs: Gender & Governance

Namibia narrowly misses 50% women in parliament

Namibia narrowly misses 50% women in parliament

For immediate release Windhoek, 31 March: Women now constitute 46% of Namibia’s parliament, up by six percentage points from before the November elections. Namibia and South Africa are now tied for the highest representation of women in parliament in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “Although we would have loved to see Namibia becoming the […]

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament can be a reality!

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament can be 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

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 […]

Women’s Political Manifesto

The Women’s Political Manifesto: Progress through action (Nairobi 2002) is a much needed approach for political engagement between Kenyan women and other political players. It has provided a unique opportunity to make Kenyan women’s political concerns part of the political agenda. The manifesto describes the desired political agenda so that women can contribute to its […]