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WPP Watch

The Women in Political Participation Watch is a tool used to monitor the red flags faced by Women in Politics. This tool aims at monitoring and effecting change with an end goal to reduce violence against women in the political arena.


The tool achieves this by giving women in politics a voice to share their stories across the continent and amplify their struggles, which in turn will help in the consolidation of common solutions to these unique, yet similar challenges that they face in their different political arenas.


The deeply entrenched patriarchy in African societies continues to be a major cause of this politically repressive environment. Many women have stayed out of politics for fear of being targeted with abuse and in some cases murder threats. In particular, the platform brings to the fore individual attacks on women politicians by state agents, fellow politicians, media and the electorate.

Our Projects

Increasing the political participation and representation of women in Africa in line with the Maputo Protocol of 2003, various associated sub-regional protocols and standards, and the SDGs.

Call for Papers: Women in Politics (Closed)

18 December 2020
The struggle for women’s participation in public affairs and the political life of their countries as equal actors has been an enduring feature of the entire period since independence in Africa.

Regional Women in Political Participation (WPP) Learning Manual

18 December 2020
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is developing a Regional Women in Political Participation (WPP) Learning Manual for the Consortium Regional WPP Academy...

Africa WPP Barometer will call AU governments to account for gender parity

22 November 2020
From 8% women in parliament in Nigeria - Africa’s most populous nation- to 61% in world leader Rwanda, Africa is home to the best and some of the worst cases of women’s political representation across the globe...

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Vacancy alert - Finance and Administrative Manager

13 February 2023

International IDEA is hiring a Finance and Administrative Manager for the Women in Political Participation Project located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Raising the red flags on the Anniversary of UNSCR1325 & Commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

18 December 2020
Lack of peace and security is one of the top barriers preventing women from participating in politics. Twenty years on, this webinar is set to take stock of the state of women in political participation in Africa...

WPP Watch - Article 01

22 November 2020
The main objectives of the WPP Watch platform is to raise red flags of women politicians in political distress across Africa. The WPP Watch platform is produced as articles or as podcasts every quarter. Violence is one of the main barriers keeping women out of politics.

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Our work has touched many lives around the globe and mostly in Africa.

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