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African women are ready to lead

MUTUME, Gumisai
July 2006

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This article provides an overview and assessment of women's participation in the political process in Africa. Many African countries have not yet reached the UN target of 30 per cent female representation in positions of power. The slow pace of progress is partly due to economic factors but the main causes are social beliefs and attitudes. When women do break through the glass ceiling, a combination of factors may explain their success, including access to education and work opportunities, support from family and employers, and lobbying by activists. However, the author observes that women leaders may lack the power to make a real difference for women, and calls for changes in the political environment and power system to allow women to participate effectively

The state of the world's children 2007. Women and children : the double dividend of gender equality


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"The State of the World’s Children 2007 examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls. It looks at the status of women today, discusses how gender equality will move all the Millennium Development Goals forward, and shows how investment in women’s rights will ultimately produce a double dividend: advancing the rights of both women and children"


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