Women in Politics

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

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 in achieving gender parity.  In response to this breaking this inertia, the program 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.  

PROGRAMME GOAL

The overall goal of the program is to strengthen women’s participation and influence in politics in South Africa.

OBJECTIVES 

To strengthen women’s self-confidence in engaging politics and the political arena in South Africa. 

To increase society’s understanding of the importance of gender equality among decision-makers such as the leadership of political parties. 

To establish, nurture and strengthen networks of women politicians across party lines towards promoting the exchange of experience and knowledge.

PROGRAMME TARGET AND GEOGRAPHICAL FOCUS

The program targets young women and women who have recently become politically active in KwaZulu Natal province.

PROGRAMME METHODOLOGY

a) Transformational dialogue with women across party lines.

b) Capacity building – training, seminars, and workshops on leadership, public speaking (debating techniques), advocacy, and effective campaigning among other aspects.

c) Networking – through events such as the annual women’s conference on politics and leadership.

April 2, 2024

Women, Democracy, and Leadership Discussed at Msunduzi Municipality Community Dialogue

On March 28, 2024, the Democracy Development Program (DDP) hosted a thought-provoking community dialogue at the Msunduzi Municipality, focusing on the intersection of women, democracy, and […]
February 28, 2024

Empowering Women: Building Gender-Sensitive Communities for Strong Leadership – uBuhlebezwe Local Municipality

The Democracy Development Program, in collaboration with the uBuhlebezwe Local Municipality, recently organized a pivotal dialogue to empower women in the uBuhlebezwe community. Held on February […]
August 10, 2023

DDP’s Annual Women’s Conference

On 8 August 2023, DDP hosted its annual Women’s Conference in celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Month. The Conference this year was led by the theme: […]
February 22, 2023

Women Dialogue: Mpendle Local Municipality

In partnership with Impendle Local Municipality, DDP co-hosted a dialogue with women in the community of KwaNxamalala. The theme of this activity was ‘women as agents […]
February 13, 2023

Women Dialogue – Buhlebezwe Municipality

In partnership with Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality and the Department of Social Development, DDP co-hosted a dialogue with women in the community of Sangcwaba. The theme of […]
August 25, 2022

Women, Democracy, Leadership and Political Accountability

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 […]
August 18, 2022

DDP 3rd Annual Women in Leadership and Development Conference

On 17 August 2022, Democracy Development Program hosted its 3rd Annual Women’s Conference. The theme for the year: Women in leadership and development: promoting women as […]
May 23, 2022

Women, Democracy and Leadership Dialogue- Msunduzi Municipality

The Democracy Development Program convened a dialogue with women at Msunduzi Municipality and surrounding areas. This dialogue was guided by the theme: Enhancing Active Participation and Gender […]
March 18, 2022

Women, Democracy and Leadership Dialogue

The Democracy Development Program convened a dialogue with women in Kwamashu and surrounding areas. This dialogue was guided by the theme: Enhancing Active Participation and Gender […]
March 14, 2022

Women, Democracy and Leadership Dialogue: Ulundi

DDP in partnership with ULundi Municipality hosted a women’s dialogue to unpack Active Participation and Gender Equality Practices for Women. This dialogue was held at PZ […]
September 9, 2021

Women in Political spaces: Saroj Govender

Sarojini Govender is an Activist who is involved in many organizations in the eThekwini region. Govender became an activist from a young age at 18 years […]
August 30, 2021

Women, politics and leadership: Empowering towards an equitable future – webinar

This Mail & Guardian webinar was hosted by the Mail & Guardian and sponsored by the Democracy Development Program (DDP). It featured as its speakers: Professor Mpilo Pearl Sithole, a […]
August 20, 2021

Women, Democracy and Leadership Conference 2021

  Democracy Development Program was proud to host the Women, Democracy and Leadership Conference on 18 August 2021. The Conference aimed at identifying challenges impending effective […]
September 2, 2020

Women in leadership: Political spaces

  My name is Nicole Graham. I am an Executive Committee Councillor in the eThekwini Council and the leader of the DA Caucus in the city. […]