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Event: Impact of COVID-19 on women’s political, electoral and governance participation in Africa and the Caribbean

This webinar series is part of the Commonwealth Secretariat effort at fostering virtual dialogues on the gendered and shadow impact of COVID-19 on women, through its Inclusive Dialogue and Women’s Political Participation Project.

During these sessions, Commonwealth governments, the Secretariat, partner institutions and experts will join a dialogue on how political, electoral and governance stakeholders in Africa and the Caribbean are addressing the impact of the pandemic on women - as well as reflect on opportunities for positive change.

COVID-19 is already threatening democratic governance, elections and transitions in Commonwealth member countries, and there are concerns around the longer-term impacts on politics, societies, and economies. 

But as public space closes, both literally and politically, the pandemic is turning back the clock on gender equality and women’s political empowerment.

While women have been engaged on the frontline of healthcare delivery, they remain underrepresented in the political decision-making processes influencing pandemic management.

Extended quarantines have also increased rates of domestic violence, which has been further intensified by anxiety around job losses. Job security has become especially risky for women whose usual childcare services have been suspended.

There are further concerns that post-pandemic political alignment and realignment may edge women out of inclusive, transparent, and fair electoral processes.

Women in politics who have taken to the digital space to connect with their constituents amidst the pandemic, have also faced cyberbullying.

But COVID-19 has also revealed many opportunities to identify women who are at the forefront of building resilience in their communities and whose entry to formal leadership positions could be encouraged and fostered.

The inclusive and effective participation of pandemic response and post-pandemic policy, governance and electoral environments, could set Africa and the Caribbean up for a more equitable and healthier future.

Join our webinars to learn more about how inclusive dialogue and women’s political participation can amplify voices, build resilience and accelerate transformational leadership. Please register using the links below.

Upcoming webinars

  • COVID-19 Pandemic, Cyberbullying and Political Violence Against Women

This webinar has been postponed. New date in December TBC.

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Past webinars

  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women’s Political and Electoral Participation


Lady Avril Anande Trotman-Joseph, Board President, Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership and Former Solicitor General, Grenada


  • Hon Pennelope Beckles, Minister of Housing & Urban Development, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Senator Hon Natalie Campbell-Rodriques, Parliament of Jamaica
  • Ms Tonni Brodber, UN Women Deputy Representative for the Caribbean
  • Dr Fredline M'Cormack-Hale, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University, United States
  • Mr Peter Yelesani, Chief Gender and Development Officer, Malawi Ministry of Gender

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