Politics

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament – a reality!

Namibia: Gender parity in parliament – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

Madagascar: Cards stacked against women in local elections

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 elections, the electoral […]

November 26, 2019 Themes: Local Government | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | News

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Zim: Uphold constitution on women in decision-making

Press release Harare, 20 November 2019: Gender Links (GL) urges the Zimbabwe government to uphold the gender parity provisions of the Constitution following recent signs of back tracking. Section 17 of the 2013 Constitution says that ‘the State must promote full gender balance in Zimbabwean society.” We note with concern the lack of gender balance […]

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

Bots: Gender parity still a distant dream after elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gaborone, 8 November: With just two elections until 2030, the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the representation of women in the Botswana parliament has increased by just one percentage point from 10% to 11%. A paltry seven women have made it to the Botswana Parliament following the general elections held […]

November 8, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | Politics Programs: Advocacy - 50/50 Campaign | Gender & Governance | News

Mau: Equality promises not translating to reality

Mau: Equality promises not translating to reality

By Loga Virahsawmy Who said that they were going to put one female candidate in each constituency for the next general elections? Certainly not me, as I am not a leader of any political party and will never be because I am a woman. But all leaders said there would be female candidates and one […]