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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Swaziland: SADC’s women parliamentary caucus to visit SD
SADC’s women parliamentary caucus will visit Swaziland from the today to Thursday to lobby on issues of women empowerment.The caucus, also referred to as the Regional Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (RWPC), is led by Beauty Dlulane, an MP and also the...
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sierra Leone: Number of women in Sierra Leone vote seen as test of stability
The elections are seen as a test of stability 10 years after its civil war, with no women standing for president despite a push to register more female candidates. "All presidential candidates nominated by nine out of the 10 officially recognised...
Sunday, September 23, 2012
South Africa: ‘I go as a servant of Africa’
Parliament on Wednesday paid a fond farewell and tribute to Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as she heads for Addis Ababa to chair the African Union commission. President Jacob Zuma led praise for one of the country's longest-serving...
Monday, September 10, 2012
Somaliland: Lawmakers oppose parliament quota for women and minorities
Advocacy groups for women and minorities in Somaliland have raised concerns about their political role in government after members of the lower house voted down a provision that would have established a quota for their representation in parliament...
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
South Africa: DA Will Fight Against 50-50 Gender Quotas
The DA will not accept amendments to the Electoral Act to provide for party gender quotas. This would be as constitutionally problematic as basing representation in Parliament on race or any other demographic variable. The DA thoroughly rejects the...
Monday, September 03, 2012
Somaliland: Legislators Deny Women and Minorities Access to Political Power
Women and minority clans will not have the opportunity to access political seats through nomination. Members of Parliament's lower house of representative have voted against allocating women and members of minority clans parliamentary and local...
Monday, September 03, 2012
South Africa: Dlamini-Zuma bemoans lack of gender transformation
he struggle for women's empowerment, is not a new battle.  This is what Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told dignitaries last night's Women's Parliament gala dinner. She said women in Parliament play a special role in making sure...
Monday, September 03, 2012
South Africa: Minister Ebrahim Patel's Address to the Women's Parliament
The Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, has called for the increased participation of women in the mainstream economy. Speaking at the Women's Parliament in Cape Town today, Minister Patel said while the country's gender policies...
Monday, August 27, 2012
Somalia: Marginalising women in Somali politics
Somalia has recently selected its parliament on Somali soil for the first time since the civil war of the late 1980s. This is a significant achievement since regional power brokers such as Ethiopia and Kenya, with the financial and logistical...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Somalia: Two Women Running For President
Two women are running for president: Amal Abdi Ibrahim and Asha Ahmed Abdalla. In announcing her candidature, Asha Ahmed Abdalla, a member of parliament, accused the current government of favouring corruption and intimidation in the parliament. This...
Friday, August 17, 2012
Somalia: Women fight for parliament seats
Women from the civil society and political activists are demanding for their 30 percent quota as the deadline to the formation of a new government draws near. A new 275 member parliament is set to be formed and concerns are growing among Somali...
Monday, August 13, 2012
South Africa: When SA Women Spoke Truth to Power
South Africa’s gender parity laws have seen women rise to positions of power in the state, the private sector and civil society. On National Women’s Day, there was much talk of increasing women’s rights, strengthening measures to deal with violence...
Monday, August 06, 2012
South Africa: Mokonyane: Women suffer in political wars
South African women and children are the ones who suffer the most when political parties engage in "civil wars", Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday. "All these men who are leaders of the African countries must understand that when they...
Monday, August 06, 2012
Senegal: Breakthrough for Women in Lower House
A record number of women were sworn in as legislators as Senegal's new parliament was inaugurated on Monday. Sixty-four women now have seats in this West African country's 150-member National Assembly, thanks to a law on gender parity. But the...
Friday, August 03, 2012
Somalia: Women fight for promised share of parliamentary seats
Photo credit: Mahmoud Mohamed/Sabahi Somali women are fighting to get their promised 30% representation in the next parliament after they failed to reach the same quota in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), which approved the draft...
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Sierra Leone: Women Claim 30 Percent Quota Long Overdue
An umbrella body of more than a hundred women groups from across fourteen chiefdoms in Kailahun district, the Kailahun Women in Governance Network KWIG, has expressed grave concerns over the yet-to-be actualised 30% quota proposed for Sierra Leonean...
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
South Sudan: Can South Sudan under Salva Kiir become a better place to be a woman?
Photo credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images When Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, visited South Sudan in May, she heard first-hand about the precarious situation many women face on a daily basis, from domestic violence...
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Somaliland: Women Demand Share of Political Seats
  Parliament has been asked to ensure articles 8 and 36 of the Somaliland constitution are adhered to. This was asked of the legislators during a women empowerment meeting organized by NAGAAD umbrella organization in Hargeisa where the women further...

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