African women in politics: Influence or just numbers?

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

November 8, 2022

African women in politics: Influence or just numbers?


Oppah Muchinguri (News Day)

The world we live in is marked by a profoundly unequal distribution of the burden of adversity between men and women. From Japan to Africa, to the United States of America, gender disparity exists in almost every country. Inequality between men and women, on the other hand, can take various forms. It shows up in the unequal portrayal of men and women in diverse fields, disparities in remuneration, lingering gender stereotypes, and sexual discrimination.

In Africa, women's political representation has risen dramatically in recent decades. Between 1980 and 2015, the proportion of women in Parliament nearly doubled, while women's representation in Cabinet grew fivefold to 22%. Regrettably, numbers alone do not always imply power.

Click here to read the full article published by News Day on 2 November 2022.

Tadiwanashe Kadziyanike and Michelle Chirume
News Day
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