Category Archives: Gender and Politics series

Gender quotas and women’s representation in African parliaments


 In this blog, Dr Gretchen Bauer focuses in on gender quotas in Africa, and asks what the impact of increasing women in parliament has been. Gretchen is the Professor and Chair of Political Science and IR at the University of Delaware. Her blog is based on her recent article on women in African parliaments.    

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Reflections on Feminist Social Movements and Political Consciousness in Malawi


 In this blog, Dr Simukai Chigudu analyses the emergence of women who are mobilising around their experience of HIV/AIDs, not just to campaign for ARVs, but also to question the wider structures of power and privilege that structure their everyday lives. He looks at the power of such mobilisation, and also its potential limits. Simukai […]

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Women and Politics in Africa Today


In this post, Aili Mari Tripp looks at the presence of women in African politics. She asks how we can explain recent shifts across the continent, and what a focus on Africa adds to our broader understanding of women in politics. Aili Mari Tripp is the Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies […]

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Discussing women in government and politics in Africa


In this post, Zainab Usman reflects on the first Women in Government and Politics Conference for Africa, held at Central Hall in Westminster, London, which was put together by the Winihin Jemide Series. Zainab was a facilitator at the event and is also a DPhil student reading International Development in the Department of International Development, at the University of Oxford.

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