n Journal of African Elections - Gender and elections in Botswana

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-4700



This paper provides a gender analysis of parliamentary elections in Botswana, with particular focus on the 2004 election. The main thrust of the argument is that although women in Botswana have made steady progress in politics and decision-making positions, socio-economic and cultural processes and structures still place men at the pinnacle of political power. The paper also discusses possible strategies that could be adopted, in addition to current measures, to further improve the prevailing situation in respect of gender power relations in the country, especially with regard to electoral politics.

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