Political Parties and Participation: Guinea

Ammann, Carole (2018). Political Parties and Participation: Guinea. In: Suad, Joseph (ed.) Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. BRILL 10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002159

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The literature on women and politics in Guinea is still very scarce. There exists, for example, no study that exclusively deals with women’s national or local political participation. Furthermore, women’s role within political parties, as well as women’s participation and organization in associations, is very much under-researched. Based on the available literature, this article describes the main phases of women’s political participation in Guinea from the pre-colonial times until 2017, focusing on how women have been integrated into the state’s apparatus and political parties during the First Republic (1958–84), the Second Republic (1984–2008), the transitional period between 2008 and 2010, the democratic elections of 2010, and the first seven years under Alpha Condé’s rule. The article further sheds light on some of the main obstacles that still hinder women’s full political involvement, namely the local understanding of gender relation, which is influenced by Islam (the population of Guinea is 85 percent Muslim) and more generally by the patriarchal society, the undemocratic character of political parties, the ambivalent images of female politicians, the disregard of the newly implemented quota system for legislative elections, and the generally difficult living conditions the population faces and which affect women in particular.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

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Ammann, Carole


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
900 History > 910 Geography & travel






Carole Ammann

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20 Dec 2018 10:59

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