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Towards a Pan-African Women in Political Participation Barometer: Presentation of preliminary findings

5 March 2021

The purpose of this concept note is to outline the need for the WPP Africa Barometer validation ahead of the launch on 18 March 2021. The validation will facilitate the finalisation of the Barometer publication with inputs from across Africa and references to key case studies. The reviewers will present a comprehensive report on preliminary findings of the research.


  1. Background

International IDEA has, together with six of its partners, formed a Gender consortium on “Enhancing the Participation of Women in Political Participation in Africa”. International IDEA formed a Gender consortium on “Enhancing the Participation of Women in Political Participation in Africa” with six partners from across Africa. This undertaking, which is funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Ethiopia, is a three-year project with an overall goal of 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WPP knowledge products and visibility actions therefore serve as important material to publicize, share and raise awareness of the valuable work of women in political participation.


To flag off the work of the WPP consortium, a variety of context studies, situational analyses, policy briefs and research papers have been produced by the partners. As part of the WPP project, Gender Links, a WPP Consortium member, has been tasked with developing an Africa wide Barometer on women in political participation. The Barometer seeks to measure the progress and gaps in the area of women in political participation, by country, ultimately providing an Africa-wide picture and evidence-based resource towards enhancing Women’s Political Participation in Africa.


  1. Objectives

The discussion on the preliminary findings of the Barometer aims to:

  • offer peer review and validation of the WPP Africa Barometer;
  • augment the quality of the publication, while bringing into sharp focus critical issues relating to Africa's women in political participation;
  • offer empirical analyses and case studies either of single countries, or of a comparative nature, which shed light on women in political participation; and
  • provide recommendations for the finalization of the publication.


  1. Outcomes

The barometer validation is expected to bring to bear a multi-stakeholder perspective on levels of and gaps in WPP in Africa. The discussion will enrich the publication linking it with other regional and global gender equality processes. Recommendations from the discussion will be taken on board towards the finalization of the Barometer, due for launch on March 18th, 2021.





14.00 – 14.05

Introductions and welcome

  • Dr Pinkie Mekgwe

14.05 – 14.10

Introduction of keynote speaker

  • Professor Adebayo Olukoshi

14.10 – 14.30

Keynote address:

Importance of measuring progress of Women in Political Participation, roles of regional parliament bodies.

  • Ms Boemo Mmandu Sekgoma - SADC PF Secretary General

14.30 – 14.50

Presentation of preliminary findings

  • Colleen Lowe Morna – Gender Links 

14.50 – 15.10

Presentation of preliminary findings of the WPP Africa Barometer  

  • Dr Wole Olaleye
  • Ms Nomkhitha Gysman

15.10 – 15.40

Inputs on the draft WPP Barometer from WPP Consortium Partners

15.40 – 15.55

General inputs from audience on the WPP Barometer

15.55 – 16.00

Vote of thank and closure

  • Sifisosami Dube