Global Podd 52. Is Africa ruled by old men?

Harare,Zimbabwe,18 November 2017, shorty afterwards, Mugabe stepped down. Photo: Shutterstock

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with a median age of 20. Still most leaders are old men. When will change come?

An iconic photo or 22-year-old architectural student Alaa Salah, protesting in Sudan in 2019 symbolise the many changes Africa is going through at the moment. So how is Africa doing when it comes to women’s participation in the political process? 

Why are women having such a hard time getting into politics in many countries, why are the political institutions working against them, and what is the price women have to pay to reach power?


  • Dr Shillah Memusi, researcher and gender consultant.
  • Sethunya Mosime, sociologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana.
  • Diana Højlund Madsen, Senior Gender Researcher at Nordic Africa Institute, editor of the book Gendered Institutions and Women’s Political Representation in Africa.

Host: Ylva Bergman.


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