Women's political participation in countries emerging from conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
|Title||Women's political participation in countries emerging from conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Report of a Consultation Workshop by International Alert|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Number of Pages||60 pp.|
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.