Women's struggle for political leadership

Nyasha Chidau
Posted June 18, 2020 from Zimbabwe

I have worked on women's empowerment in Southern and West Africa for some time now and the struggle for women to get into political leadership is very real and exasperating yet we continue.

9.7% women are in parliament in Liberia a deplorable situation of the realities of women in politics the world over. In Nigeria poor representation is the norm and a gradual decline has been a trend in Liberia so it is true for Zimbabwe as well.

Is the political space for women shrinking in other countries and slowing increasing in others?Regression is not an option as we fight for gender equality but its a reality is some nations. 

Why, because, there is no political will, increasing and institutionalised violence against women in politics and elections (VAWiP/E), lack of political funding for political parties as an incentive for having more than 30% women quota on candidate lists in political party leadership structures and a lack of appreciation of the benefits of gender balance in politics. What of the women' movement? It is string and weak in other nations and of course all these are standalone topics for discussion in my stories to come soon.

Should women be fighting for political position or equality in the first place-No it is a right to be respected, demanded and upheld.

What happened then, perhaps its time to *frame* the conversation on gender equality in leadership and messaging on rights differently to influence clear legislative frameworks that guide new practices.

to be continued

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Chi8629
Jun 18
Jun 18

Hello Beautiful Sister .
Thank you for sharing.
Please stay safe out there.
Love always .

Nyasha Chidau
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for the encouragement dear sister. Stay safe and keep the fire lit through writing and reading about the struggle in this pandemic.
Aluta Continua

Busayo Obisakin
Jun 18
Jun 18

You are very correct my Sister! In Nigeria our politics is embedded as you rightly said in violence and use of thugs. It will take a woman that really have thick liver to go into politics in Nigeria. In a shortly before the pandemic, a woman that was the chairman of her party in that state was burnt with her house by the thugs of the opposition party. Till now her killers were still free. Thank you so much for your interest in this!
Love
Busayo

Nyasha Chidau
Jun 18
Jun 18

Busayo my sister, the struggle is deep and we are in for a long ride. i hope that justice will prevail and the women's movement in Nigeria can push for justice.
Together we will make it.
Much love, stay safe

Hello, Nyasha,

Welcome back! It's so nice to finally read your first post. How are you doing, sister?
I hope more women will fight for their right to be in political leadership. I read an article where nations led by women are better in managing the coronavirus crisis. Thank you for raising your voice, dear.

Please keep on writing! We love to know more about you.

Anita Shrestha
Jun 22
Jun 22

Thank you very much for sharing

Julie Desai
Jun 23
Jun 23

Thanks for sharing

Catherine De Freitas

Hello my beautiful sister,
You possess a fire that cannot be dimmed. I admire your passion and strength. It is indeed a constant struggle. Why are women frowned upon in such arena. Our leadership qualities can impact nations and we deserve to be respected. I stand with you. Blessings to you and your family. Looking forward to hearing more. :)

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 06
Jul 06

Dear Nyasha
You have an interesting topic here.This situation is even worse for women with disabilities.They do not have a voice in leadership and decision making.Keep up.
Thanks for sharing
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon