19 May is remembered as the day in 1930 that white women got the vote in South Africa:
In South Africa, the Women’s Enfranchisement Association of the Union (WEAC) did much to change the perception of women in the period after the South African War. However, giving women the vote was overshadowed by a number of issues. One was their stance on equality for black people. This delayed the granting of the vote to White women in South Africa up until 1930 when the Hertzog election platform promised to raise the issue of granting the vote to white women in parliament, on condition that they supported his re-election.
After his re-election, Hertzog made good on his word and on 19 May 1930, white women got the vote.
From Somaliland - there is one woman in the lower house of parliament and getting more women elected would require quotas at least, to overcome entrenched barriers. The article quotes Baar Saed Farah who is the only woman in Somaliland's 82-member Lower Chamber. Women are not permitted in the 82-member House of Elders in the Upper Chamber.
Baar Saed Farah spoke of efforts to reserve 30 seats for women at the upcoming elections in 2017:
‘Without a women's quota I don't think there will be any more women in parliament,’
‘In normal employment there is no differentiation between genders but when it comes to political participation it becomes very difficult for women because of a culture that favors men’.
'Even women may not accept a woman running for election because they are so used to men making decisions'.