Members of the KZN Legislatures' Multiparty Women's Caucus at Elangeni hotel during a training.
Almost two decades into the 21st century, women are still not accorded a place of prominence in politics, particularly in Africa. However, South Africa has made notable progress, and has arguably one of the most gender-diverse parliaments in the world, ranking number three in Africa and tenth globally. However, it still falls short of achieving gender equality. In response to breaking this indifference, DDP aims at mobilizing, training, and nurturing women interested in politics so that they can participate actively and confidently in the political arena to influence politics in South Africa.
In alignment with this concern, the Democracy Development Program, (under the women in politics program) has themed the year 2022 as the year of Enhancing Active Participation and Gender Equality Practices for Women in South Africa. Under this banner, we have conducted several activities ranging from capacity-building workshops for the members of the KwaZulu Natal Legislature’s Multipart Women’s Caucus, community dialogues in different municipalities in the KZN region as well as the Women’s conference which rounds of the conversation from the various engagements.
5 Community dialogues were completed in these municipalities:
DDP Women’s month campaign
We have also profiled 5 prolific women doing fantastic work in different communities in the KZN region, their communities, and their constituencies.
Above: Back- Dr. Paul Kariuki, DDP, Prof Mngomezulu,
UWC, Malcom Canham, eThekwini Municipality, Andile
Mafa, Ranyaka, Patric Martel, UKZN, and Dr. Isaac
Front: Merusha Vather, Auditor General of SA,
Sphamandla Mhlongo, DDP, and Thabisile Miya, DDP at
LG Conference 2022.
DDP's Dr. Paul, Kariuki, Sphamandla Mhlongo with delegates and partners (including Dr. Masuku, Dr. Hlongwane from the IEC, as well as Letlhogonolo Letshele from My Vote Counts) at the 4th Annual political summit.