The Feminization of African Politics

The Feminization of African Politics

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Ethiopia and Rwanda are leading African governments’ efforts to boost gender parity in politics, but other countries on the continent are not far behind. These countries’ deliberate policies are essential not only for the sake of fairness, but also for ensuring Africa’s long-term prosperity.

While Ethiopia and Rwanda are at the forefront of Africa’s push for gender parity in politics, other African countries are not far behind. Six of the world’s 20 top countries in terms of the share of legislative seats held by women are in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in two African countries toward the bottom of the global list – Nigeria and Mali – politicians are currently discussing ways to increase female representation.