Women in politics: such a burden to wear!

Table 1: Proportion of men/women among presidential candidates in 2015, in the government and national assembly. Source: author, using data listed above

How can one explain the political reluctance of women in Burkina?

The first explanation is genital. The state of play of the Burkinabe political class denotes an old-fashioned mode of management. Indeed, political architecture is, at first glance, imitated from the traditional management system of power by the chieftaincy and other social groups (which confer a role of leader to the man and a secondary role of housewife, of educator of the children, to the woman). Therefore, it is difficult, if not impossible for the woman, to deconstruct the collective imagination and to grant the confidence and assent of the electorate.

Table n°2: Women enrollment rates in primary school and university (2012–2013)

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Mandela Washington Fellow, for Young African Leaders — Civic engagement — Development Cooperation, Economist, Project Management skills, Free learner

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Achille Sawadogo

Achille Sawadogo

Mandela Washington Fellow, for Young African Leaders — Civic engagement — Development Cooperation, Economist, Project Management skills, Free learner