Women’s Political Empowerment, Representation and Influence in Africa

Authored by: International Republican Institute

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2016
Citation: Women's Political Empowerment, Representation and Influence in Africa. Washington, DC: International Republican Institute, 2016. .

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Executive Summary

IRI conducted a pilot study of women’s political leadership in Africa using quantitative data related to women’s role in national government. The resulting index provides a snapshot of women’s representation and leadership in the legislative and executive levels across 29 countries and their influence based on four indicators. The results provide a more nuanced picture of women’s representation and influence and the correlation between women’s political representation, leadership and influence.