n Conflict Trends - Women and elections in African politics

Volume 2006, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Women play a crucial role in peace-making and peace-building processes in Africa. In recognition of this contribution, some countries have placed women in positions of authority in government, conforming to the Beijing Platform for Action 1995, with 30% representation of women at all levels of decision making. While this achievement is cause for hope, women are still largely excluded from political decision-making positions.

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