Great Lakes region

During the transitional period in the DRC, which began in late 2003, the principle of gender parity was enshrined in the country's constitution. There were also 60 women in the 560 transitional National Assembly and three senators in the 120-member senate.

In 2006, in preparation for the first democratic elections since 1960, FAS facilitated the creation of CAFECO, which aimed to encourage the participation of women in the elections, and has since lobbied for the full implementation of the provisions in the new constitution that concern women. Unfortunately, women did not secure an increased number of seats in the 2006 elections, and much work is still needed to promote and advance the cause of women in the DRC.


Mano River Region

Owing to FAS's efforts during the Akosombo talks in June 2003, Liberian women were able to form part of the national transitional government, as stipulated in the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Three women headed five of the newly created commissions; there were three female ministers out of the 21-member cabinet; and four of the 76 members of the legislature were women.

In 2005, in the run-up to the elections in Liberia, FAS's office in Geneva organized advocacy activities to raise awareness of Liberian women's concerns. MARWOPNET and FAS also conducted election observation missions to Liberia in October 2005. As a result of the elections, the first elected female head of state in Liberia and in Africa, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, took office on 16 January 2006.

frontline actions

Women from FAS observe the voting in the Liberian elections, October 2005