The Nordic Africa Institute

Book launch
Webinar

Gendered Institutions and Women’s Political Representation in Africa

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Time • 25 Mar 2021 14:00 - 16:00
Place • Webinar

During the course of the last three decades efforts of democratisation and institutional reforms has characterised the African continent including demands for gender equality and women’s political representation. As a result, some countries have introduced affirmative action measures either in the aftermath of conflicts or as part of broader constitutional reforms whereas others are falling behind this fast track to women’s political representation.

On this background the new book ‘Gendered Institutions and Women’s Political Representation in Africaexternal link, opens in new window’ aims at explaining the uneven developments on the continent with selected case studies of both the ‘success cases’ and the less successful cases from different regions.

The editor and the authors of the book discusses in relation to the eight country contexts (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana):

  1. Why have women’s political representation developed so unevenly?
  2. Which formal and informal institutions are influencing women’s political representation in an African context?
  3. How do they interact?
  4. How do processes of gender and institutional change on women’s political representation take place in an African context?
  5. And how could an African feminist institutionalism be characterised

Comments for the book will be given by Josephine Ahikire, Associate Professor, Makerere University.

 

Authors:

  • Amanda Gouws, Professor of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • Mandiedza Parichi, Lecturer, Department of Peace, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.
  • Sethunya Mosime, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Botswana.
  • Maude Dikobe, Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Botswana.
  • Asiyati Chiweza, Associate Professor, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi.
  • Cathrine Fourshey, Associate Professor & Director, Griot Institute for Black Lives and Culture, Bucknell University, USA.
  • Marla Jaksh, Associate Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The College of New Jersey, USA.
  • Shillah Memusi, PhD & Research Consultant on Governance and Institutional Development.
  • Monica Orisadare, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Comments on the book:

  • Jozsephine Ahikire, Associate Professor, Makerere University, Uganda.

Presentation of the book by editor:

  • Diana H. Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden.

Moderator:

  • Eleanor Fisher, Head of the Research Unit, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden.

Welcome and introduction to the programme

  • Eleanor Fisher, Head of the Research Unit, Nordic Africa Institute.

Presentation of the book project

  • Diana H. Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute.

Comments on the book, Associate Professor

  • Jozsephine Ahikire, Associate Professor, Makerere University.

Closed round of questions followed by an open Q&A session

  • Moderated by Eleanor Fisher, Head of the Research Unit, Nordic Africa Institute

Closing remarks

  • Diana H. Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute

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