Political Parties in Africa through a Gender Lens

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Published: 
1 March 2014
Language: 
English
Pages: 
104
ISBN: 
978-91-87729-05-8 (Print)
Author(s): 
Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu

One of the persistent democratic deficits throughout the world is women’s lack of influence in politics. In relation to political parties in particular, the voice of women in decision-making remains insufficient, and, in some cases, is non-existent.

This report is based on the findings of a two-year project implemented by International IDEA, aimed at analysing the commitments of political parties to gender equality in 33 countries in Africa.

One of the key findings from this research is that, although political parties’ constitutions and manifestos contain general gender equality commitments, their utility is limited by the lack of concrete measures to ensure that commitments are translated into effective actions and outcomes.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Executive Summary

Introduction

1. Gender equality provisions in national constitutions

2. Gender equality in political parties’ policy documents

3. Legislated quotas and political party measures

4. The status of women’s structures within parties

5. International and regional instruments

Conclusions and recommendations

References and further reading

Annex A: List of political parties included in this analysis

About International IDEA

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