The response to President Mugabe relieving Emmerson Mnangagwa of his post as Vice-President has generated considerably more heat than light.
Whilst women comprise the majority of Zimbabwean citizens, they are some distance from this fact respected in the composition of the various elected and appointed bodies in the Zimbabwean polity.
Zimbabwe is undergoing extensive discussions among female representatives, members of political parties and civil society groups about the importance of quotas in elected bodies. Previous RAU reports have examined the issues around Proportional Representation and the views of women about participation, and builds on 20 previous reports around these issues.
The present report brings a comparative perspective on the issue of quotas for women in elected bodies, looking at the experiences of four other African countries: Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. This report provides brief overviews of the ways in which each of these countries has addressed, and is intended to help broaden the discussions taking place about quotas and the ways to achieve the most complete fulfillment of the gender clauses in the Constitution.