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Title:Women and Elections in Namibia after Five Years of Independence
Author:Wanzala, Winnie L.ISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Volume:1
Issue:2
Period:September-October
Pages:49-59
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Namibia
Southern Africa
Subjects:elections
1992
1994
women
politics
Religion and Witchcraft
political science
Abstract:This article analyses the structural and social barriers to women's participation in the first regional and local elections in Namibia, which were held in December 1992, and in the second parliamentary and presidential elections, which took place in December 1994. The article begins with a description of the types of electoral systems applied in local, regional and national elections in Namibia. Secondly, Western assumptions about barriers to women's participation are tested in the Namibian case. The following additional factors are also examined for their impact on women's political performance in Namibia: eligibility requirements for political parties and candidates, gendered party structures; the strength or weakness of party structures, particularly at the local level; the impact of historical realities such as labour migration on women's political activism and candidacy; the role of women's political wings; and attitudes toward women's political parties. At the end, a number of suggestions are made for improving women's participation in future elections. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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