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Saturday, August 10, 2013
African women enter public office, but wield little influence in policy making
“If you want to be influential in the political arena, you need to influence policy,” Ms Betty Murungi, a social justice advocate, recently told female entrepreneurs and corporate managers in Nairobi. A lawyer, Murungi is the director of Urgent-...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Achieving the 50/50 representation target in Namibia by 2015
An interesting contribution in the discussion came from Sarry, who shared an experience from Namibia. Sarry: “Namibia at the moment stands at over 30% women representation and 42% at the local governance level. We are excelling at 42% because most...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Women, Equality And the African Human Rights System
Over the past year these reviews have generally shown that Africa has made some progress at all levels. Most countries have developed national gender machineries and policies, but the majority of their strategies have not been implemented....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Money, Media and Tradition Complicate Women's Political Aspirations
The challenges confronting women politicians in Africa were given an airing recently during a press conference in South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg. Four politicians from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Lesotho felded questions Nov. 28 by...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Gender Parity Group Works to Close the Continent's Gender Gap
Top female and male leaders from across the continent have launched an Africa Gender Parity Group at the World Economic Forum on Africa. The group of business, government, media, academic and civil society decision-makers are collaborating on...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Women Parliamentarians Lead Major Changes in African Politics
In light of growing evidence of the central role women play in a country’s development, many African governments have implemented quotas to boost the number of women parliamentarians. The phenomenon dovetails with similar initiatives to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
AFRICA: SADC leaders must adopt gender protocol
The third Gender and Media (GEM) summit ended in Johannesburg yesterday, Tuesday, 12 August 2008, with a call for the adoption of the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development that includes strong provisions for achieving gender balance and...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Progress 15 Years After the World Women Conference in Beijing
The Africa regional review of Beijing +15 focused on progress in the 12 thematic areas, and was drawn from a survey conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa with responses from 41 of the 53 African countries. The review noted that...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
African Union: calls to protect the rights of women and children
African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) said incidents of violence against women and children in armed conflicts continued unabated in many parts of Africa. AU Commission Gender and Development Directorate presented its report at the AUPSC...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Role of women on climate change not taken seriously
African leaders have been criticised for not taking the issues of climate change and women seriously after the African First Ladies Forum on Climate Change failed to draw the participation of first ladies on the continent. Dr Aminu Zakari of the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Some African Constitutions Give Voice to Grass Roots, Disenfranchised
16 April 2012 - Constitutional reforms in many African countries aim to provide more social and political inclusion. In some cases, that means giving greater powers to lower levels of government. They’re getting a greater say in how national...
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Assessing Legislation - A manual for legislators
It aims at providing the legislators with the necessary tools that would help them in assessing legislations and proposing them to promote social and democratic change in their countries. The guide highlights and discusses several important topics...
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
A Parliamentarians’ Handbook on the Small Arms Issue
In a landmark step, parliamentarians from countries in Central, East and the Horn of Africa, gathering at a conference organised by UNDP and AWEPA on 26-28 November 2003, reached an agreement on a Plan of Action for parliamentarians, aimed at...
Friday, June 05, 2009
Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Peace Negotiations: Implementing Security Council Resolution 1820
In 2008, the UN Security Council recognized sexual violence as a tactic of warfare. Unaddressed in almost all peace negotiations, it represents one of history’s greatest silences. To address this, a group of high-level mediators, subject experts,...
Monday, March 16, 2009
A Golden Age for Women's Participation in Ghana?
This paper is a comparative commentary on the situation of women’s political leadership in Ghana. The paper highlights progress made in the country, draws attention to areas of retrogression and proposes some immediate strategies for greater...
Friday, October 17, 2008
Africa Women's Political Leadership
This group is open to all women who wish to discuss women's political participation in sub-Saharan Africa. The Club of Madrid African Women Leaders Project brought together women from Nigeria, Uganda and Sierra Leone in a conference in Brussels in...
Friday, September 07, 2007
Against Violence Against Women
This guide describes violence against women, how it occurs, and where women should seek remedy against it. It provides examples of violence against women in Nigeria and the existing legal framework around each type of described violent act.

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