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A Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Elections in Commonwealth Africa

Achieving 50:50 by 2030

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The Commonwealth is far from achieving gender equality when it comes to women in political decision-making roles. Although Commonwealth Africa has some of the best-performing countries in this context, on average women’s representation is still only 23.3 per cent.



Elections are a critical process through which political leadership can be accessed. However, for gender inclusiveness to become a reality, it is necessary to specifically address the hurdles to women’s participation in all three stages of the electoral cycle, the pre-electoral, electoral and the post-electoral periods.



A Handbook for Gender-Inclusive Elections in Commonwealth Africa: Achieving 50:50 by 2030 reviews the systems, legislation and best practice that will need to be implemented and effectively monitored to get more women into politics and help to realise Sustainable Development Goal 5 – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Foreword

Promoting gender equality across all spheres of society is a core value of the Commonwealth. Member countries took a significant stance on this in 1996 in Trinidad and Tobago, when senior officials at the frontline of promoting gender in their countries recommended that Commonwealth members should be encouraged to achieve a target of no less than 30 per cent women in decision-making in the political, public and private sectors by 2005. This target was subsequently endorsed by Heads of Government at their meeting in Edinburgh in 1997.

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