This talk brings together experts on gender and African politics to examine trends in women’s political participation across the continent.
In Women and Power in Africa, editors Leonardo Arriola, Martha Johnson and Melanie Phillips bring together a wide range of contributors to examine how women participate in African politics in all phases of the election cycle—from party nominations to governance. Drawing on a wide range of cases—including Benin, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia, Burkina Faso, and Uganda—the volume argues for the importance of “taking gender seriously and valuing women’s experiences as a source of empirical evidence [to] uncover invaluable information about how politics operate”.
During this book talk hosted by the Centre of Governance & Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Johnson will reflect on the overarching themes that emerge from the project, present findings from their research on candidate selection in Zambia and women’s local-level participation in Benin and Malawi, and engage with questions and reflections from participants.
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