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.
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.
The objectives of the Situational Analysis is to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of women’s participation in political decision making at all levels, including in political parties, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the media. It highlight the importance women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political and public life and make recommendations for increasing WPP. The research was conducted during the months of October to December 2020. The launch of the Situational Analysis will bring together women from all political parties who participated in the research, development partners, government, stakeholders, CSOs and academia.
Report: FEMNET in partnership with the International IDEA has been implementing the project: Enhancing the Inclusion of Women in Political Participation in Africa, with a view of advancing the goal of gender equality in politics and governance. FEMNET has been running a Women Must Lead campaign to increase the quantity and quality of Women’s Political participation in Kenya, Tanzania and DRC.
In the Peer-to-Peer thematic dialogue with women rights organizations and young activists in the Lake Region, FEMNET alongside the consortium; Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE), International IDEA, WPP and Sweden Sverige; pooled 48 women leaders and female opinion shapers from 8 counties within the Lake region.
With the main objective of convening grassroots and national gatherings of women leaders, the delegation deliberated on issues around the impediments against women’s political participation and made resolutions rallying towards the renewal of their solidarity and movement building under women’s political leadership in the counties of Vihiga, Kakamega, Kisumu, Nyamira, Busia, Homabay, Nyamira and Kisii.
This report presents elements of the development of Sudanese women’s political participation through time. It highlights several political routes from their early days until the contemporary era. The study is based on an analysis of secondary sources alongside empirical data derived from four states within Sudan, namely: Blue Nile, Central Darfur, Kassala and River Nile.
Author(s): Azza Ahmed Abdel Aziz and Aroob Alfaki
As part of the Generation Equality Forum a civil society-centered, global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. Gender Links and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) bring a discussion on “Voices of the Feminist Youth” which is an event about youth focusing on Youth Political Female Leaders. Secondly the discussion brings a Global Conversation with an African Inter- Regional conversation covering North, West, Southern and East African experiences. The discussion is placed in the concepts of feminist movements and leadership, youth, and women’s political participation. Drawing results from the Africa Women’s Political Participation Barometer findings. The gap requiring change, less than a quarter of legislators in Africa are women.