Women's political participation in countries emerging from conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

TitleWomen's political participation in countries emerging from conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleReport of a Consultation Workshop by International Alert
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsN.N.
Number of Pages60 pp.
PublisherInternational Alert
CityLondon
ISBN Number978-1-898702-94-8
Accession Number1075
Abstract

One of the positive outcomes of peace processes and political transitions in the Great Lakes Region has been the increased participation of women in political decision-making. This was achieved mainly through affirmative action mechanisms, especially quotas and cooptation systems. The constitutions adopted by Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the post-conflict and transition periods, include provisions for quotas of at least 30% representation for women in the state institutions. In the DRC, the post-transitional constitution adopted by referendum in December 2005 has gone as far as to guarantee 50-50 parity between men and women.
This paper presents a report of a consultation workshop on women's political participation in the Great Lakes Region that took place in August 2007 in Kampala, Uganda. The workshop was jointly organised by International Alert and the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) in partnership with the Women and Gender Studies Department at Makerere University. The workshop was part of a regional research project aimed at assessing the impact of women's political participation in countries emerging from conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The workshop was attended by members of civil society, parliamentarians, provincial governors, and International Alert and EASSI partners from Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.

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