Launch of new IDEA publication at the UN CSW 2014 - "Political Parties in Africa through a Gender Lens"
On 11 March 2014, the publicationPolitical Parties in Africa through a Gender Lens was launched at an International IDEA side event on“Women’s Political Participation and Representation – Making Development Sustainable, Making Governance Responsive” at the United Nations Headquarters, during the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Over the last two years, International IDEA worked with national gender advocates and practitioners in 33 African countries to analyze the constitutions, manifestos and strategy documents of political parties in order to determine their stated commitments for promoting gender equality and women's political participation and representation.
The publication documents the findings of the study across 214 African political parties. In particular, the study analyzed the following areas of parties documents:
- gender equality in political parties’ policy documents;
- legislated quotas and political party measures, and
- the status of women’s structures/wings within parties