Africa: Women's involvement in African politics vital to protecting their rights

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Africa: Women's involvement in African politics vital to protecting their rights

Female representation in government and legislative bodies in sub-Saharan Africa is growing but more women must take political leadership roles in their countries to ensure that laws and conventions protecting their rights are implemented, according to civil society groups. In 2006, the continent saw its first elected female head of state in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. The overall percentage of women legislators in sub-Saharan Africa is 18.5 percent and has risen steadily over the last decade according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU

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