Engendering Political Decision-Making

Citation:

Hatchard, John. 1998. “Engendering Political Decision-Making.” Journal of African Law 42 (1): 141–43.

Author: John Hatchard

Abstract:

In November, 1996, the Fifth Meeting of the Commonwealth Ministers Responsible for Women's Affairs recommended that member countries be encouraged to achieve a target of not less than 30 per cent of women in decision-making in the political, public and private sectors by the year 2005. This is an ambitious target for, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the proportion of women involved in politics world-wide declined from 12.1 per cent in 1985 to 11 per cent in 1995. The situation throughout Africa is especially bleak for, as the following table indicates, with the notable exceptions of Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Eritrea and Uganda, most African countries fall well below the world average.

Topics: Gender, Gender Balance, Governance, Political Participation Regions: Africa

Year: 1998

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