Women of the 9th Parliament: Performance, Inheritance and Legislation

The 9th Parliament with 34% women, increased from the 31% in the 8th Parliament, but is still lower than the parity target set by the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

As the new MPs are sworn in, we want to recognise the women of the 9th Parliament who stood out.

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Too many men hold the belief that when a woman says no, what she really means is that she needs to be convinced. On the most basic level, this is an insult to the woman’s intelligence and sense of ownership over her own body. But even more than that, these kinds of encounters underline how much power men assign both to themselves and to other men (however fictional).

Somi offers easy listening and intelligent discourse

Indeed, we are only witnessing the evolution of a musician between two continents, and whose music shades light on the in-between of Africa and America. Her live performance at the historical Village Vanguard in New York, includes a favorite of my Bob Marley songs, ‘Waiting in Vain’. In a stripped-down arrangement with only guitar and voice, it brings the listener to hear Marley’s huge vocal lyricism, and just how intimate his work was. In her own rendition, we recognize the immediacy of Somi’s vocal abilities and her interpretative powers–the mark of a real jazz singer.