How receptive is Africa as a whole be towards the dominance of women in politics?
Gender Equality in African politics?
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We have seen women taking many elective positions lately. In kenya and many other countries in Africa, women are now dominating both the corporate and political leadership. In the recently concluded kenyan election, many women won the elective seats. More than eight women were chosen by the president as Cabinet Secretaries. This is a good example that Africa has a positive reception on the dominance of women in politics.
Women have historically been disadvantaged in participating in politics.
Education, increased awareness on the need to have women running for political leadership positions, overcoming traditional challenges based on stereotypes and understanding the difference between having quotas and having substantive participation of women are some of the main challenges and opportunities that men and women are identifying for the advancement of gender equality and political empowerment in Africa.
Here in Africa, women have been demanding gender equality in public life and that includes leadership roles. Women have proven to be able to lead diligently especially during times of crisis across continents. They handle tough situations as they have been seen to be critical problem solvers who are responsive and effective when crisis hits.
Africa harnesses women’s knowledge and skills are all levels of problem solving. We have even seen women leaders including presidents in different countries in Africa. By this, we realize that women leadership is not a new phenomenon in Africa but something that the continent has been positive about. Some would say this is a way of being diverse and reclaiming the continents future too.
Thanks to Feminism which has helped us women when it comes to Gender Equality in politics, Increase the participation of women in decision and policy-making at all levels. Ensure women’s participation in peace-building, conflict prevention, and mitigation. Narrow gender gaps in education, training, and employment.
Africa is not ready since traditional cultures still manifest in leadership and politics.