The Nordic Africa Institute


Making Politics Safer – Gendered Violence and Electoral Temporalities in Africa

Started • 01 March 2023
Ended • 01 March 2026

Violence against women is increasingly coming into focus in the global gender debate. This follows in-depth studies on women’s representation in political institutions.. This study will investigate gendered violence and electoral temporalities in Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

By adopting a participatory and qualitative approach in engaging key stakeholders in sub-national politics, the study explores forms of gendered electoral violence that women in politics are exposed to, and investigates how intersectional categories such as age, class, ethnicity, and party affiliation shape women’s exposure to gendered electoral violence.

Further, the research aims to highlight coping strategies that women in politics use to prevent cases of violence, and the networks and institutions in place to help prevent and deal with instances of gendered electoral violence. Quantitative methods will also be adopted in analyzing results and expanding perspectives, with the goal of contributing to a deeper understanding of gendered electoral violence across Africa, and influencing empowerment policies


Recorded webinars

Violence Against Women in Politics - Global Phenomena and Local Manifestations

Keynote Speaker

  • Mona Lena Krook, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, USA.


  • Amanda Gouws, Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Mandiedza Parichi, Lecturer, Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe.


Gender and Violence against Political Actors – the situation in DRC and Uganda


  • Elin Bjarnegård, Associate Professor, Uppsala University
  • Paige Schneider, Assistant Professor, Sewaness: University of the South
  • Maria Eriksson Baaz, Associate Professor, Uppsala University
  • Maureen Shonge, Regional Policy Specialist on Women’s Political Participation, Eastern and Southern Africa, UN Women


  • Anna Ninsiima (PhD), Post-doc fellow at Makerere University / Agdar University
  • Amanda Gouws, professor, University of Stellenbosch and research partner in the project ‘Making politics safer’


Escalating online violence - A post-election analysis on the situation for Zimbabwean women in politics

Opening remarks:



  • Linda Sibanyoni, Independent Canidate, Harare East Constituency
  • Sakhile Sifelani, Women in Politics Support Unit (WIPSU)
  • Peeter Kaaman, First Secretary, Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden in Zimbabwe