Women in policy-making in Africa

Authored by: Emmanuel Botlhale

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa

Print publication date:  December  2021
Online publication date:  December  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367516215
eBook ISBN: 9781003143840
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003143840-53

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Abstract

Despite the importance of inclusive policy-making, pronouncements and practice are two different things resulting in a big schism between the two. Resultantly, women are more excluded from policy-making arenas given their few numbers in key policy-making institutions such as local councils and parliaments. While this is an enduring problem globally, it is more pronounced in Africa. Although gender exclusion is a multi-causal phenomenon, the leading cause in Africa is patriarchy. The subsequent socio-economic exclusion results in feminised poverty and diseases of poverty such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. Grounded on feminist approaches, this chapter surveys the role of women in policy-making in Africa. It calls for a reconfiguration of the architecture of gender relations in Africa to put men and women on the same pedestal for equal citizenship, inclusive economic growth and development.

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