It has been argued that where women are fully represented, societies are more peaceful and stable. Women's political participation is fundamental for gender equality and their representation in positions of leadership must be a priority for all African governments. Women are largely under-represented in decision-making and leadership positions in Africa.
Over the last years, there has been more women in parliaments and decision-making positions than before. In the parliamentary elections of Rwanda in September 2013 women obtained 64 percent of the seats, which is the highest number in the world. However, women's participation in governmance and decision-making remain very limited. They are outnumbered by men in all decision-making and leadership positions.
In the history of Africa, there are now three women who have been elected president:
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President of the Republic of Liberia
  • Joyce Banda – President of the Republic of Malawi
  • Catherine Samba-Panza – Interim President of the Central African Republic

There is progress here and there on the continent regarding women's rights . We must go much further to ensure greater gender equality in Africa. It is not just a matter of justice....When women take their rightful place at the negotiating table, in the parliament and in leadership positions across society, we can unleash Africa’s enormous potential..." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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SOURCE: Daily Observer

Sara Beysolow Nyanti, one of the two female presidential candidates, is stirring the hearts and minds of Liberians with her "ambitious vision."

SOURCE: AllAfrica

Nairobi — Angola's Vice-President, Esperança da Costa, on Wednesday, said it is currently underway in the country the National Plan to Promote Grain Production (Planagrão) will involve more women and young people as part of the food security strategy.

SOURCE: New Dawn

Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, 29 August 2023, officially launched the Women Situation Room in Liberia, aimed at promoting a peaceful electoral environment and community security here.

SOURCE: AllAfrica

Following the low representation of women in President Bola Tinubu's ministerial list, gender experts have highlighted reasons Nigerian women remain marginalized in governance.

SOURCE: New Zimbabwe

Violence, vote buying, and outright bulldozing in politics have been cited as major factors contributing to the low turnout of women in this year’s election after the country recorded a 3.4% drop in female candidates.

SOURCE: 263Chat

The Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ), a non-partisan national network dedicated to promoting women's rights, has called upon the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) to adhere to the Constitution of Zimbabwe and uphold due process about the administration of the forthcoming 2023 general election.

SOURCE: Daily News

As the country moves towards its 7th General Elections in 2025, women have been motivated to start early preparations, particularly building confidence to contest.

SOURCE: New Zimbabwe

THE Zimbabwe Gender Commission has revealed that women’s participation in all political parties is regressing with no gender equality in practice. This is despite an elaborate legislative and policy framework in Zimbabwe pushing for their participation.

Source: The New Dawn

The National Elections Commission and registered political parties in the country have reaffirmed their commitments to implement a memorandum of understanding that requires a minimum 30 percent quota for females in the 2023 elections.

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