Women’s Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2021

Data and Statistics

March 22, 2021

Women’s Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2021


International IDEA

African countries are still far from achieving women’s equal and effective participation in political decision-making.

Women constitute only 24 per cent of the 12,113 parliamentarians in Africa, 25 per cent in the lower houses, and 20 per cent in the upper houses of parliament. While local government is often hailed as a training ground for women in politics, women constitute a mere 21 per cent of councillors in the 19 countries for which complete data could be obtained.

The Barometer is a key resource of the consortium Enhancing the Inclusion of Women in Political Participation in Africa (WPP) which aims to provide legislators and policymakers with data to assess progress in women’s political participation over time.

Source: International IDEA

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March 2021
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)