Women’s leadership in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature has evolved gradually since 1994,

where women’s representation in leadership positions has increased from 28%

in the first term of the legislature, to 36% in the second term,

then 45% in the third term, 49% in the fourth term, falling to 40% in the fifth term and currently sitting at 42% in the sixth term of the legislature.

The regression in terms five and six resulted from political parties that ceased to have women in their leadership structures or do not prioritise the elevation of women to their leadership structures.

Nevertheless, women’s leadership roles in the legislature have throughout the years included top decision-making positions such as speakers,

 presiding offi cers, party leaders, whips, chairpersons of portfolio and standing committees, and members of the provincial legislature (MPLs).

In the current term of the legislature, the top decision-making structure of presiding offi cers comprises 75% women representation.

The signifi cance of this is that the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda is given high priority,

and sustainable strategies for mainstreaming gender are gradually infused into the work of the legislature.


is in the business of driving the post-2015 transformation agenda to “leave no one behind” in our socio-economic development efforts.

The GPL women leaders are painfully aware that, 25 years into democracy, poverty, unemployment and inequality is still defined by differences based on gender, race, age and disability.

They are cognisant of the fact that excluding women in the mainstream economy of Gauteng and the country at large,

is detrimental to our gross domestic productivity, mainly because we are effectively excluding the majority of our human capital from the economic enterprises of our nation.

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