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Africa’s women: catalysts for change

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"The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world." Charles Malik, Lebanese philosopher and diplomat

Women's participation in decision-making and political processes has a proven positive impact. Societies in which women have greater economic and political participation tend to be more stable.

While women have always played an important role in African society, now, through quota laws, more women are given space and a voice in formal political structures.

While the political participation of women increased in a few countries, notably Rwanda and South Africa, women will not reach parity with men in legislatures in developing countries until at least 2047. This is also accentuated by the fact that women leaders are also very rare in Africa.

Yet it is clear through various studies that there is a strong negative relationship between the proportion of women in a country's legislature and the level of corruption.

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