In Guinea-Bissau, promoting women’s political participation starts at the local level

Posted June 22, 2022
Joana Rodrigues/UNDP Guinea-Bissau

UNDP has been working with the national authorities of Guinea-Bissau and women's and youth organizations to promote the participation of women in politics.

The Women’s Council is currently working to elaborate a Common Agenda for women and young girls’ political participation, and so it’s crucial to better understand the current challenges women face in terms of political participation in the country.

In May, the organization brought together traditional and religious leaders and civil society organization members, including women and young girls’ organizations from the east provinces of Guinea-Bissau (Bafatá and Gabú), to reflect on these challenges and find possible solutions for them.

To review the Parity Law; to mobilize funds for women and young girls during the electoral process to reduce economic asymmetry in the elections; and to reduce socio-cultural barriers and raise awareness amongst men, especially traditional and religious leaders, on the political rights of women and young girls were the three main solutions present after the two-day encounter. 

UNDP has also supported the Ministry of Women, Family and Social Solidarity in a two-day consultation that gathered women and youth from the east province of Guinea-Bissau. The main goal was to collect inputs from women’s organizations in order to update the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325, so that it better reflects the local context and its challenges.

Joana Rodrigues/UNDP Guinea-Bissau