Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa

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Women's Political participation

CPHDA’s interventions  facilitate the creation of  an environment where women can advocate on matters of policy, run for political office, be elected, govern effectively, and participate meaningfully in every aspects of their country’s civic life.

Equitable participation of women in politics and government is critical to building and sustaining democracy. The Center is committed to working with women as partners and participants in CPHDA programs and activities.


Comprising over 50 percent of the world's population, women continue to be under-represented as voters, political leaders and elected officials. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all of its citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented in the political arena.


CPHDA assists women in acquiring the necessary tools to successfully participate in all aspects of the political process. Our innovative and far-reaching programs – in both harsh environments, where democracy is just beginning to flourish, and in more established democracies – engage women in law-making, political parties and civil society as leaders, activists and informed citizens. These programs create an environment where women can advocate on matters of policy, run for political office, be elected, govern effectively, and participate meaningfully in every facet of civic and political life