Women's political participation and economic empowerment in post-conflict countries

Lessons from the Great Lakes region in Africa

This report represents a synthesis of the key findings and recommendations of a regional research project on women’s political participation and economic empowerment in countries emerging from conflicts in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The research focuses on four case studies and examines the nature and quality of women’s political participation in Burundi, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda, to establish whether women’s increased representation in decision making at the national and local governance level has translated into the adoption of gender equality policies and enhancement of women’s socio-economic status at all levels of society. The research further analyses the economic dimension of women’s political participation by linking women’s economic empowerment and their representation in the political arena. (French)