Author: Sarah Evans

Women’s Day 2016 meets Elections 2016: Women more important than ever

Political parties generally fielded fewer female ward candidates in the 2016 local government elections, suggesting that voters might be inclined to vote for men on the ward lists where individual candidates are directly elected. But South African voters appear to be proving political parties wrong: while the country has a long way to go in terms of gender parity, female candidates fared just as well as men, and in some areas, even better than their male counterparts. (Read more here: Gender parity in party lists still elusive) As South Africa celebrates Women’s Day, we take a closer look at women’s representation in the 2016 local government elections: Most female candidates were between the ages of 34 and 55. The EFF had the widest range in terms of the age of their candidates, and the party fielded the most female candidates under the age of 25 and older than 65, compared to other political parties.  The African People’s Convention had the highest number of female ward candidates, while the African Christian Democratic Party had the lowest. The ANC, DA and EFF all hovered around the 30-35% mark in terms of the percentage of female candidates. But as a percentage of the total number of PR candidates, the number of women is more varied, with the ANC topping the list of female PR candidates across parties.  Women appeared marginally higher up...

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