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Monday, March 27, 2017
African perspectives on gender equality and political empowerment of women
By Luis José Consuegra Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having substantive participation of women are some of the...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A Seat at the Table: The Fight for Gender Parity in Kenya and Somalia
For women across the world, electoral politics can be a hostile and violent place. Women who stand for office can expect casual sexism and discrimination, ranging from snide remarks about their appearance to being propositioned by their male colleagues. In some countries, this psychological...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A Dream for Africa: Video Interview with Bineta Diop
For over 20 years, Bineta Diop has been a tireless advocate for gender equality in Africa and at the forefront of a gender-sensitive approach to conflict prevention. She is the founder of Femmes Africa Solidarité, which focuses on women-led peace building in Africa’s fragile states, and serves as...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Addressing women’s elitism in national politics requires us to start local
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all levels. Whilst the advances made in women’s parliamentary representation worldwide is no doubt a...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Austerity Measures in Developing Countries: Public Expenditure Trends and the Risks to Women and Children
This study examines how austerity measures may have adversely affected children and women in a sample of 128 developing countries in 2012. It relies on International Monetary Fund (IMF) fiscal projections and IMF country reports to gauge how social assistance and other public spending decisions...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
African Women Convene to Deliberate and Strategize on Political Leadership
African women from 15 countries across the continent gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from April 23rd to the 24th to deliberate and strategize on women's political leadership in Africa. Convened by FEMNET (African Women's Development and Communication Network) and Urgent Action Fund – Africa (UAF-Africa...
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Africa: 'Africa Cannot Overcome Its Problems Unless Women Take the Lead'
The Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Michael Arietti, at the US Embassy in Banjul had said that Africa cannot overcome its problems unless women take the lead. Arietti was speaking Thursday during the closing ceremony of the three-day Young Women's Empowerment Programme (YWEP) organised by the...
Thursday, December 26, 2013
AU wants more women representation in Mauritanian politics
Nouakchott, Mauritania - An African Union (AU) observer mission to the Mauritanian municipal and legislative polls, led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, has recommended that the Mauritanian government should create an environment which will allow more women participate in the...
Monday, November 18, 2013
AU Observer team’s parting shot on elections, Swaziland
SWAZILAND needs to reserve a quota for women and physically challenged persons in the electoral process. This would guarantee full representation of women and marginalised groups in elective positions.The African Union made this recommendation to the country, following the national elections in...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
African Women and ICTs: Investigating Technology, Gender and Empowerment
Women in Africa are undeniably participating in the information and communication technology (ICT) revolution and they are doing so in many and varied ways; the changes that the use of these tools have brought about are visible everywhere. Furthermore, the prospects of ICTs for development and...
Friday, October 11, 2013
Africa: Women in Africa - Leading the Way?
Historically, customs and traditional laws in Africa hindered women's access to education and development, while promoting, to a varying degree, a culture of male dominance across the continent. However, there is now growing recognition of the crucial role women play in overcoming the social,...
Sunday, September 22, 2013
African women are blazing a feminist trail – why don't we hear their voices?
Rwanda's parliament is now almost two-thirds female, while Malawi, Liberia and Senegal have women at the helm. Western feminists, take note. What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – namely women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
African women enter public office, but wield little influence in policy making
“If you want to be influential in the political arena, you need to influence policy,” Ms Betty Murungi, a social justice advocate, recently told female entrepreneurs and corporate managers in Nairobi. A lawyer, Murungi is the director of Urgent-Action Fund Africa, a feminist human rights...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Africa: Quotas Are Not Enough
Women's political representation is vital to securing greater gender equality, feminists and others argue. Africa has made great strides in electing more women to its parliaments. Four African countries are among the top ten countries with the highest numbers of women in parliament. But even in...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Achieving the 50/50 representation target in Namibia by 2015
An interesting contribution in the discussion came from Sarry, who shared an experience from Namibia. Sarry: “Namibia at the moment stands at over 30% women representation and 42% at the local governance level. We are excelling at 42% because most of the issues that are addressed at the local level...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Women, Equality And the African Human Rights System
Over the past year these reviews have generally shown that Africa has made some progress at all levels. Most countries have developed national gender machineries and policies, but the majority of their strategies have not been implemented. Despite all these promises and first-class commitments,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Money, Media and Tradition Complicate Women's Political Aspirations
The challenges confronting women politicians in Africa were given an airing recently during a press conference in South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg. Four politicians from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Lesotho felded questions Nov. 28 by reporters from South Africa and other African...