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1 A tale of dualities: women and political leadership in Africa A tale of dualities: women and political leadership in Africa Lanoi Maloiy Education, Arts and Social science University of South Australia

2 Overview of Presentation: Examines the experiences of women leaders in Africa The African leadership landscape - Coups and Big men African feminism : African women a tale of dualities Women and political leadership in Africa Proposed research Implications

3 African leadership landscape: Coups and Big Men Approximately 90 per cent of sub-Saharan African countries have suffered despotic leadership in the last 50 years (Rotberg 2004). Volatility remains a dominant characteristic of leadership in Africa – only 10 out of 48 countries have managed to avoid coups d’état (Adamolekun 1988)

4 African leadership void

5 African leadership landscape Women are seen as agents of change (Adler 1997) Leadership qualities which are characterized as female, that is participation and motivation of followers, exemplify the change needed in the African continent (Rosner 2011)

6 African Feminism African women face a distinct set of oppressive measures in comparison to their Western and African-American counterparts. Three–fold oppression: cultural, economical and historical.

7 African feminism - a tale of dualities African woman’s experience as “walking a political/gender tightrope,” advocating for greater political participation whilst being mindful of the liberties of the state, in addition to maintaining public and private responsibilities (Mikell 1997, p1). In essence, many African women’s lives are defined at least in part by the tension between: the private and public realms, traditional culture and modernity, motherhood and career, respectability and ambition, rights and subjugation.

8 Enablers and Inhibitors of women leaders in Africa Enablers Education Personality traits Mentorship Inhibitors Male dominance of leadership Career trade offs Violence Economic considerations Respectability versus ambition Access to education

9 Proposed research method The proposed study will utilize biographical and interview data as part of qualitative case research which examines the antecedents of successful women political leaders in Kenya.

10 Implications The implications for this study are two-fold: firstly, it will contribute to the few studies on African women leaders and provide a local account of women leaders in Kenya Secondly, it will contribute a valuable case study to leadership development theory and practice in Africa

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