Back by popular demand, the 2024 Women's Political Participation (WPP) Africa Barometer sounds a dire warning but also brings refreshing new insights. 

With women's representation in parliament up by just one percentage point since the WPP Barometer in 2021, it would take until 2100—at this rate—for gender parity to be achieved. But 41 African countries now have quotas of one kind or the other at local and or national level. Africa is home to the global leader of WPP (Rwanda, with 61% women in parliament) but also one of the lowest (Nigeria, at 4%). 

The WPP Barometer coincides with consultations on the CEDAW General Resolution 40 that breaks new ground by making 50% (not 30%) the aspirational norm for WPP. The General Resolution 40 also goes ‘beyond numbers’ in a serious way, challenging governments to consider measures they can take to promote diversity, inclusion, climate justice, AI and genuine participation. For Africa, the future is young, and it is feminine!


Publication date
10 July 2024
Number of pages
978-91-7671-780-6 (PDF)
978-91-7671-781-3 (Print)



Executive summary

1. Introduction

2. Electoral systems and temporary special measures

3. Political parties

4. Electoral laws and management

5. Violence against women and politics

6. Media and social media

7. Role of men in women’s political participation

8. Making a difference

9. Into the future


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Women’s Political Participation: Africa Barometer 2024

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