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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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Political Parties

Political parties need to be inclusive. This can be done through legislation and systematic harmonisation with the electoral framework, especially where these contain gender commitments, and through mandatory electoral codes of conduct which all parties must sign up to.

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