Feminist View Of Political Parties

We considered the three top performing political parties in the last national election – the ANC, the DA, and the EFF as well as Women Forward (WF), a small women-led party that is contesting the elections for the second time on the basis of a women’s agenda.

Using a feminist framework, together with other key social justice issues through a feminist intersectional lens, we considered if the manifestos and track records translate in practical ways for ordinary people, womxn and non-binary people in particular. 

The project aimed to take the questions beyond only what the parties are saying on issues commonly defined as gendered or ‘women’s issues’ such as gender based violence and womxn’s representation further, into questions of how parties have addressed a gendered or womxn’s agenda throughout their manifestos from their plans to address unemployment, wages, land and home ownership, social security, education from ECD through to higher education, and health. We also look inside the parties with a feminist lens.