Women in Politics

Voices from the Commonwealth

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A collection of profiles of thirty-three women in politics from eleven Commonwealth countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Dominica, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, South Africa and Uganda. The profiles illustrate the diversity of experience across the Commonwealth, and highlight the realities of life for many women. The stories these dedicated and courageous women relate sharpen the focus on existing and potential challenges and barriers which face women politicians.

Women in Politics: Voices from the Commonwealth shows that to a large extent the degree of women’s integration into political life depends on the system of values prevalent in a society, and on established political patterns. On another level, it is a study which uses these retold experiences to analyse the different strategies women could develop, refine and adopt to build successful political careers.



South Africa

An independent nation since 1931 and a Republic since 1961, South Africa has been home to one of the epic struggles of the twentieth century: the battle of its people against apartheid, a system of institutionalised racial segregation and oppression, backed by state violence, that dominated national life from 1948 till the 1990s. The long walk to freedom has brought in its wake a heightened sensitivity within the new, multiracial South Africa to all dimensions of equality and justice, including the issue of gender justice and the need to involve women actively at all levels of national politics.


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