Burkina Faso: Recruiting Women for the Legislative Elections


Compaoré, Nestorine. 2005. “Burkina Faso: Recruiting Women for Legislative Elections.” In Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers, edited by Julie Ballington and Azza Karam, 132-138. Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Author: Nestorine Compaoré


As in the other countries of francophone Africa, women are under-represented in the power structures of Burkina Faso. This case study addresses the issue of women’s political participation in Burkina Faso, and in particular their access to the national legislature and the recruitment of women candidates by political parties when elections to the legislature are approaching. It emphasizes the impact of the electoral system and quotas on women’s representation, the stages of the recruitment process, and the constraints women face in being elected to the legislature.

Topics: Democracy / Democratization, Gender, Women, Governance, Quotas, Elections, Political Participation Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Burkina Faso

Year: 2005

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