Engendering local government in post-apartheid South Africa — Experiences of female councillors in Durban (1996-2000)

Maharaj, Nuthan; Maharaj, Brij
November 2004
GeoJournal;Nov2004, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p263
Academic Journal
This paper examines the participation of women in local government in the Durban Metro Area in the postapartheid era. The primary purpose is to ascertain the degree of representation of women in local government structures and their influence on decision-making processes. The paper further attempts to determine the gender sensitivity of the male counterparts and their level of collaboration with female councillors. The gendered needs of women in local government and the various problems they experienced in office are highlighted. Finally, strategies to increase the participation of women in local government as well as to eradicate impediments, which they encounter, are advocated. The paper revealed that women have been under-represented in local government. Women who are elected into local government are discriminated against on grounds of gender and often race. They tend to be side-lined and marginalised in decision-making and in positions of power.


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