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2023 PRESIDENCY: Where are the women?

2023 PRESIDENCY: Where are the women?

•Female aspirants speak By Clifford Ndujihe, Politics Editor EXACTLY 48 days to the conclusion of primaries for the 2023 elections by political parties, only six female aspirants have joined the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, next year. According to the timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, political parties are expected to conduct […]

East Africa: Beyond the Tokenism Women’s Political Participation in the Greater Horn of Africa is at a Dangerous Impasse

East Africa: Beyond the Tokenism Women’s Political Participation in the Greater Horn of Africa is at a Dangerous Impasse

We as the women’s rights activists of the We Cannot Wait Consortium* are in mourning after the loss of MP Amina Mohamed Abdi who was killed along with 47 others in a suicide bomb attack in Beledweyn. Amina was a member of the Union for Peace and Development Party and an MP on the committee […]

Group Launches Survey On Women Participation in Nigerian Politics

Group Launches Survey On Women Participation in Nigerian Politics

The survey, titled Status of Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria, is part of the Improving Electoral Integrity and Accountability in Nigeria Project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The 100 Women Lobby Group on Monday launched a survey on women participation in Nigerian politics in Abuja. The survey, titled Status of Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria, […]

Affirmative Action, the Guaranteed Way to Increasing Women’s Representation in Decision Making Spaces in Ghana

Affirmative Action, the Guaranteed Way to Increasing Women’s Representation in Decision Making Spaces in Ghana

African governments, including Ghana, acknowledge that women’s equal participation is critical to building democracy and promoting social progress. This acknowledgement is evidenced by their acceptance of various protocols, conventions and legal frameworks, including the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the challenge remains that many leaders have delayed the development and implementation of national plans towards achieving […]

Program to Prepare 200 Women to Run for Elective Office Launched

Program to Prepare 200 Women to Run for Elective Office Launched

A program to promote meaningful participation of women in politics was launched on 28 December. The program will train and coach 200 women drawn from all 15 counties on effective political participation. The training kicks off on January 3 and will run until January 5, 2022. It aims to boost women’s confidence and their activism […]

First Woman Governor of Nairobi Takes Office

First Woman Governor of Nairobi Takes Office

Ann Kananu finally took office as the third governor of Nairobi after a 10-month wait, with a pledge to set City Hall on the path to full recovery, less than nine months to the General Election. In a colourful ceremony presided over by High Court Judge Lilian Nabwire Mutende yesterday, Ms Kananu took the oath, […]

60 Years of Independence – The Progressive Participation Of Women In Parliament

60 Years of Independence – The Progressive Participation Of Women In Parliament

“A WOMAN with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman”, from ‘Women Quotes’ by Belinda Gates. And I venture to suggest that Parliament is, manifestly, the most appropriate forum that gives women ‘an effective voice’ in Tanzania A historical synopsis. Women in Tanzania have always contributed significantly to the country’s democratic process through their […]

Gambia’s Electoral Commission Rejects First-Ever Female Candidate

Gambia’s Electoral Commission Rejects First-Ever Female Candidate

Chairman of the Gambia’s independent electoral commission (IEC) has rejected the nomination of Marie Sock, the first female to file nomination for the presidency in the Gambia. Sock, inexperienced in politics, filed her nomination papers last week, but couldn’t meet some of the requirements. IEC Chairman, Alieu Momar Njie said Sock, failed to declare her […]

First Female Prime Minister Appointed in Tunisia

First Female Prime Minister Appointed in Tunisia

Tunisian President Kais Saied surprised many Wednesday with his appointment of Najla Bouden Romdhane, a 63-year-old professor at a prestigious engineering school, as the country’s first female prime minister. The geologist was named prime minister after the office was vacated July 25 when Saied froze parliament and seized executive powers, leaving the country in limbo. […]

‘Political Parties Should Prepare Women’

‘Political Parties Should Prepare Women’

POLITICAL parties have been advised to prepare women for leadership positions before the next General Election so that they vie for them with confidence. The advice was made here by ‘Mtandao wa Wanaume wa Mabadiliko” (Male pro-change network) group during a joint meeting with officials of the Tanzania Media Women Association, Zanzibar (TAMWA, ZNZ) which […]

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