As part of the gender audit of political parties, EISA Madagascar consulted the political parties represented in the National Assembly, presenting them with the gender audit tool and its purpose to enhance the equal participation of men and women in political parties. Twelve political parties, including their main leaders such as former President Ravalomanana, the Speaker of the National Assembly and other high political figures, were consulted during February and March 2021. All expressed great interest in the tool and agreed to use it, with the support of EISA.
Women's representation in national legislatures or executives is determined by a wide range of factors including political parties, who are considered as gatekeepers of democracy and women's political participation. This makes it important to ensure that political parties operate more democratically in creating a more equitable playing field for men and women. The consultations will be followed by a workshop to introduce party members to the use of the gender audit questionnaire and assist them in preparing their individual plan of actions to tackle gender inequalities.
EISA Madagascar focused on building the capacity of political parties to strengthen their internal structures, in particular to be more internally democratic and inclusive, as well as to promotegreater inclusivity of women.
This was effective during a first workshop held in July attended by 12 political parties in Antananarivo, a second workshop in Toamasina in August attended by 10 political parties and a third in Mahajanga in September with 15 political parties.
EISA monitors the promotion of gender equality in political parties by contacting each political party leader who has designated a focal point. Monthly contact are made with the focal point to monitor progress such as the number of women having positions in political parties as well as measures being introduced to promote gender promotion in the party.