Advancing meaningful women’s participation in African political governance

To address existing gaps, a deep dive into women’s needs and vulnerabilities is needed.

Women constitute more than half of Africa’s population, but their marginalisation from political decision making limits the valuable contributions they can make to development and democracy.

Despite efforts to increase the number of women active in politics, meaningful participation that allows constructive input remains out of reach. Gender-responsive solutions require a deep dive into women’s needs and vulnerabilities to address gaps, identify structural obstacles and highlight the comparative advantage of their inclusion.

This hybrid seminar is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Embassy of Australia to Ethiopia.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Moderator: Dr Andrews Atta-Asamoah, Head, African Peace and Security Governance, ISS Addis Ababa


  • Josepine Sanny, Communications and Knowledge Manager, Afrobarometer
  • Dr Betty Achan Ogwaro, Member of Parliament, South Sudan
  • Prof Jackline Oduol, former member of Parliament, Kenya
Development partners
This event is funded by the Government of Australia. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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