Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Big report – Women politicians in Ivory Coast: can we break the glass ceiling?

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Since October 2019, a new law has imposed a quota of 30% of women candidates for elected assemblies.

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By: François Hume-Ferkatadji Follow

21 mins

If we have to wait for the outcome of the legislative elections of March 6 in Côte d’Ivoire to know the political color of the future majority in the National Assembly, we already know that the next legislature will be overwhelmingly male.

It is a great disappointment for all defenders of women’s rights in Côte d’Ivoire.

Since October 2019, a new law has imposed a quota of 30% of women candidates for elected assemblies. 


But on the eve of these legislative 2021, the report is bitter: none of the major political parties has respected the law of and this rate barely reaches 15%.

Why are women still under-represented in governing bodies?

Why does Côte d’Ivoire act as a poor student in the sub-region in the field of political representativeness of women?

Faced with this observation of failure, voices are being raised so that the new law, to date non-coercive, is incorporated into the electoral code, and that a real political will allow women, on the same basis as men, to represent the Ivorian people.

Women politicians in Côte d’Ivoire: can we break the glass ceiling

a Great report by François Hume-Ferkatadji.


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