The good news is that women’s representation in political decision making has been on the rise globally. The not-so-good news is that the increase has been stubbornly slow, barely 1% in 2018 compared with the previous year. In 2018 the number of women ministers worldwide reached an all-time high at 20.7% (812 out of 3922). In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of women seated in parliament grew in 2018, with a regional average share at 23.7%, according to the just-released 2019 edition of the biennial Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Map of Women in Politics.
With only one-woman president represented in Africa, it is quite apparent that there is still a long way to go towards equality. Although there has been an increase in the number of female ministers, we need more women to occupy portfolios that aren’t related to soft issues such as social affairs, family and children. That can only be achieved through empowerment and mentorship.
In light of the above, Intelligence Transfer Centre will be hosting the 11th Annual Women in Politics Africa Conference 22 and 23 April 2020, Hilton Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg. The conference will be looking at strategic ways to groom more women in politics to take on leadership roles allowing them to lead the way in the economical emancipation of poverty-stricken societies and leave a lasting mark and legacy.