n Africa Insight - The gendered face of the Mauritian legislature

Volume 36, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article aims to provide an overview of the state of gender representivity in Mauritian politics. The author argues that the Mauritian legislature is plagued with issues of socio-cultural bias, at the expense of women's limited participation in the nation's political arena. Transformation of the legislature is required in order to meet the needs and interests of Mauritian women, but despite the increased involvement of women in Mauritian politics during the 2005 elections, the political arena continues to be dominated by ethnicity and caste. Moreover, the recent increase in the number of women in the Mauritian legislature does not guarantee the irreversibility of gains made. The article concludes by stating that gender-friendly electoral reforms are a necessary but not sufficient condition for gender equitable power-sharing.

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