Why Autocracies in Africa Promote Women as Leaders

2022-08-18

Varmt välkommen till gästföreläsning med professor Aili Mari Tripp (University of Wisconsin-Madison) onsdagen den 31 augusti kl. 15.15–16.00.

Why Autocracies in Africa Promote Women as Leaders

Although historically, democratic countries generally have had stronger outcomes in advancing gender equality than other regime types, many authoritarian countries in Africa have proven rather adept at adopting women’s rights provisions, making extensive constitutional and legislative reforms. These outcomes are particularly evident when it comes to women’s political representation, where one finds little difference between authoritarian and democratic regimes in Africa, particularly those that have entrenched ruling parties which have remained in power for over three electoral cycles.

Aili Mari Tripp will discuss why authoritarian countries promote women as leaders in Africa in the context of the end of major conflict, changing international gender norms, and the introduction of multipartyism in the early 1990s. The paper is based on a book project, drawing on crossnational research in Africa and over 150 in-depth interviews in Mauritania, Morocco, Uganda, and Zimbabwe as well as two democracies: Namibia and Botswana

Aili Mari Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp 

Aili Mari Tripp is Vilas Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. She is author of several award-winning books, including Seeking Legitimacy: Why Arab Autocracies Adopt Women’s Rights (2019), Women and Power in Postconflict Africa (2015), Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime (2010), and African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (2009) with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, and Alice Mungwa, as well as Women and Politics in Uganda (2000).  Currently she is lead editor of the American Political Science Review.  

Föreläsningen, som är arrangerad av statsvetenskapliga institutionen och Uppsala Forum för Demokrati, Fred och Rättvisa, är gratis och öppen för allmänheten.

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