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WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION IN AFRICA: WHY PROGRESS IN RWANDA AND UNDER-REPRESENTATION IN THE GAMBIA?
Chen, Titus C.
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Women’s political participation and representation is crucial for gender equality to be attained. Politics in the world has always been male dominated for centuries. However, recent decades have seen improvements not only in the Western world but Africa as well, a continent that had occupied the bottom rankings of women’s political representation for long. Currently, the leading country in female-dominated parliaments is Rwanda with 63.8% women in its Chamber of Deputies and 38% in the Senate. On the other hand, countries like The Gambia have been lagging behind in women’s political participation and representation for decades, and only 9.4% women are presently represented in the country’s parliament. This thesis argued that the different levels of national leadership’s political will to gender equality in each country is the key determinant of progress in women’s political participation and representation in decision-making bodies in both respective countries.
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