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African women advance in parliamentary representation

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Headquarters of the IPU in Geneva
Headquarters of the IPU in Geneva Hadi/Wikimedia Commons

Women have made great strides in gaining seats in parliaments throughout Africa, according the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Rwanda tops the list and Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea are close behind but US-based rights assessor Freedom considers those countries "not free".  Kareen Jabre, the gender partnership manager of IPU, discusses whether female representation makes a difference when it comes to "genuine democracy". 

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