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Pre Launch Executive Summary: Women in Political Participation Africa Barometer

18 March 2021
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As the clock ticks down to 2030,the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African countries are still far from achieving women's “equal and effective” participation in political decision-making. According to the first Women's Political Participation (WPP) Africa Barometer 2021, women constitute 24% of the 12,113
parliamentarians in Africa - 25% in the lower houses, and 20% in the upper houses of parliament. While local government is often hailed as a training ground for women in politics, women constitute a mere 21% of councilors in the 19 countries for which complete data could be obtained.

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