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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...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
South Africa: Fewer women in local government - Zuma
  Women's representation in local government decreased after the 2011 elections, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. He said this was despite the increase in representation of women in Parliament from 2.7% during apartheid to 27% after 1994. "The...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Summary of E-Discussion on Implementation of SCR1325
UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) mandates that women in post-conflict states fully participate in all aspects of the transition. The resolution is historic because of the depth of change — in procedure, assessment, delivery and attitudes...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sudan: Sudanese Women Meet at AU Summit
Pressure the Sudanese government to resolve the Darfur conflict and monitor United Nations troops for sexual offences, a delegation of Sudanese women told leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit here. To read the full article, please...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sierra Leone: Political Parties Not Willing to Get Women Into Politics
Last year's presidential and parliamentary elections marked an important milestone in the history of Sierra Leone but according to the National Electoral Commission, out of a total number of 1321 nominees for the local council elections, women...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Southern Africa: Ground-Breaking Gender Protocol Signed
Gender activists breathed a sigh of relief when a long-delayed gender protocol was signed at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit this weekend. The protocol calls for 50 percent representation by women at all levels of...
Friday, April 13, 2012
Seminar Friday 20 April: Democratic Developments in Tanzania
Three representatives from Tanzania Centre for Democracy will speak at the seminar arranged in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Internationale Studies.   Background Democracy in Tanzania may be at a historical juncture. The 2010...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
SIERRA LEONE: Presidential Elections, 17 Nov 2012
Sierra Leone Republic of Sierra Leone Region: Africa   Description of government structure: Chief of State: President Ernest Bai KOROMA * Head of Government: President Ernest Bai KOROMA Assembly: Sierra Leone has a unicameral Parliament with...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
SENEGAL: Presidential elections, 26 Feb 2012
  Description of government structure:     * Chief of State: President Abdoulaye WADE     * Head of Government: Prime Minister Soulayemane Ndene NDIAYE     * Assembly: Senegal has a bicameral Parliament (Parlement) consisting of the Senate (...
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Support for Local Government: Policies, Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming - DGTTF Southern-Sudan
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 created the new autonomous Government of Southern Sudan [GoSS]. The GoSS was required to establish in-stitutions and processes of governance including at the local level, with no pre-vious experience...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sierra Leone Query: Experiences with Sequencing PAR Reforms and Electoral Cycles
This report aims to assist UNDP/Sierra Leone in formulating strategies to reform different aspects of civil service, as it heads into upcoming elections. It begins with a discussion of the types of civil service reforms that may be useful, and...
Monday, December 20, 2010
Securing the Rights and Livelihoods of Rural Women in Africa in the Context of the Food Crisis and Climate Change
In Africa, a great majority of the population lives in rural areas and is fully dependent on land and other natural resources for its livelihood: e.g. Niger (83%); Rwanda and Malawi (81%). Women make a great proportion of rural populations due to...
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sub-regional (ECOWAS) Consultation on Gender Parity in Decision Making Structures/Institutions
The African Union Commission and International IDEA launched a 5 year Joint Activity Plan (JAP) in 2008.  The Joint Activity Plan is designed to support the African Union Commission in implementing its mandate related to the African Charter on...
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sub-regional (ECOWAS) Consultation on Gender Parity in Decision Making Structures/Institutions
The African Union Commission and International IDEA launched a 5 year Joint Activity Plan (JAP) in 2008.  The Joint Activity Plan is designed to support the African Union Commission in implementing its mandate related to the African Charter on...
Friday, September 07, 2007
Sharia Implementation in Nigeria: The Journey So Far
This book describes the impact of Sharia laws on women’s rights and equality in Nigeria. It explains the circumstances and background to some of the cases involving women under the new Sharia Penal Codes in the northern part of Nigeria since its...

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