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Title:Special issue: Women and local government elections
Editor:Gouws, AmandaISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Geographic terms:Lesotho
South Africa
local government
electoral systems
political participation
gender inequality
Abstract:In this special issue the authors attempt to show the importance of women to local government, both as councillors and as consumers of services. It shows that it is most difficult for women to form an important part in local government elections. It also focuses on how gender blind the electoral campaigns and systems are in Lesotho, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and highlights the lack of concern about gender issues in local government elections and its knock-on effect with regard to women's representation and participation in local government. The issue has the following contributions: A vote in confidence: gender differences in attitudes to electoral participation and experience in South Africa (Benjamin Roberts, Jare Struwig and Arlene Grossberg; Gender equality and local government elections: gender mainstreaming, party manifestos, party lists and municipal planning (Janine Hicks and Imraan Buccus); Partying along in silence: violence against women and South African political party manifestos for the local government elections of May 2011 (Lisa Vetten and Alexandra Leisegang); The marginalised majority: Zimbabwe's women in rural local government (David Mandiyanike); Transforming women's role in local government in Lesotho through a women's quota (Sofonea Shale); The rights-based approach to local government development and service delivery: putting women (back) in the centre of attention (Carla Ackerman). [ASC Leiden abstract]