Political Participation

Facts and Figures

Gender-disaggregated statistics to highlight inequitable patterns on Political Participation, Quotas, Education, Employment and Heatlh, and General Country Overview Data.

For more in-depth resources, including pointers to international agreements, a database on quota implementation, legal cases and comparisons, and reports of advocacy challenges by country, visit the legal, comparative and advocacy resources pages.

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Political Participation

Recordings of past events on political participation.

Women’s Political Participation and Leadership: Challenging Fundamentalisms

February 22, 2011

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BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights views women’s public and political participation as critical towards reshaping the economic, political, and social landscape to allow for equality in opportunities for both women and men. We envision a society devoid of fundamentalisms of any kind where women’s human rights becomes an integral part of everyday life. We know that this can only happen with the active participation and inclusion of women in all spheres of development, for their own good and the good of society.

BAOBAB Holds Political Participation Training in Abia State, Nigeria

November 11, 2010

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Political Participation Training
Abia, Nigeria

According to Nigeria's 2006 census, women are nearly half the country's population (48.78 percent) — a percentage that is not at all reflected in women's representation in government and decision-making positions.

But that could change, and soon. As part of its commitment to increasing women's role in all of public life, BAOBAB held a July 21-27 training session in Abia for a group of politically enthusiastic and ambitious young women.

Participants included members of the media, Abia state government officials, 30 young women undergraduates and 30 women political aspirants.

What We Do

WLP’s work uses the programmatic strategies of (1) leadership and advocacy curriculum development, (2) training at the grassroots, national, and regional levels (3) strengthening civil society, and (4) women’s human rights advocacy and movement building.

WLP’s programmatic strategies are overlapping and mutually supportive, with the following objectives for each:

Curriculum Development: To create culture‐specific training and advocacy manuals that furnish grassroots activists in the Global South with materials to strengthen democracy activism, the women’s movement, and youth with materials in leadership, ICTs, political participation, organizational capacity building and evaluation, and advocacy for women’s human rights.

Training: To implement flexible and accessible participatory leadership training for an increasing number of civil society organizations and grassroots women so they can acquire the skills necessary to actively shape their future, assume leadership in their communities, and become activists committed to strengthening democracy and women’s rights.

Strengthening Civil Society: (1) To increase partner organizations’ capacity in strategic program implementation and evaluation, sustainable organizational development, ICTs, and mobilization and management of human and financial resources, to strengthen their ability to implement empowerment programs and foster women's agency in developing moderate, secular civil societies. (2) To build partners’ capacity to take collective action by providing them with opportunities to cooperate and deepen relationships among themselves and with other civil society organizations at the national and regional levels.

Women’s Human Rights Advocacy and Movement Building: (1) To mobilize women and youth at the grassroots to effect social change and legal reform for gender equitable societies. (2) To build and strengthen grassroots, national, and international networks that promote democratic governance and peace‐building and increase the capacity of marginalized, moderate civil society activists to effectively engage in prominent networks with opinion leaders, policy makers, and academics. (3) To increase accurate and timely coverage of women's rights and democracy issues by leveraging conventional and alternative media to raise awareness and engage a broad spectrum of individuals in constructive dialogue.

Political Participation

Through our networks, curriculum, and trainings, WLP works to advance women’s participation in decision-making in the public sphere, empowering women to play a key role in reshaping political, economic, and social conditions that affect both women and men to allow for equal opportunities for everyone.

The struggle for women’s rights is often viewed as a struggle between tradition and modernity where tradition and cultural practices may subjugate women to the private sphere. The Women's Learning Partnership views women's rights to be fundamental human rights held by all women regardless of culture, class, or creed, and holds that women's political participation is key to achieving equal rights.

Women's leaderships: Will the battle for development in Mauritania go down this path?

August 31, 2009

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From 13 to 16 March 2009, the Association of Women Heads of Families (AFCF) organized a training workshop for trainers in female leadership in collaboration with the Democratic Association of Moroccan Women (ADFM) and with support from Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights Development and Peace (WLP). According to Ms. El Moctar, president of AFCF, female leadership is feasible in Mauritania. “We cannot wait for a favorable situation. One cannot expect that people give us the opportunity to evolve as leaders. It is up to us, women, to win and create this dynamic of leadership, whatever the political, environmental, economical, and social situation."

Women and Leadership: Women's Participation in Politics and Conflict Resolution

June 23, 2009

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Today, Ms. Afkhami said, we "need to adopt new ways of looking at the forces that produce and control social and cultural power, and focus on strategies that increase women’s leadership and access to power." She went on to describe the connection between women’s leadership and reducing violence against women. "There is new scholarship that shows not only is there a causality between women in power and a reduction in violent conflict, but the original social conditions that allowed for the rise of democracy and greater gender parity included a significant reduction in violent patriarchy."

The Politics of Participation: Women and Transformative Leadership

March 18, 2008

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The 21st century is the century for women and politics. Six extraordinary grassroots leaders from four regions of the world discuss practical strategies and culture friendly initiatives that they have used to mobilize women, and especially young women, to participate in making decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities.

Mauritania’s Push to Reach 20% Quota for Women in 2006-07 Elections

September 25, 2007

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One month prior to the November 2006 elections, WLP Mauritania/Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille (AFCF) trained 40 women in leadership and political participation in preparation for the elections. The workshops’ goal was to encourage women to vote and to become political candidates.

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