WOMEN APPRECIATE PAP FOR STAKE IN PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY
Women from all works of life in Africa and other part of the world have ended a two-day international conference at international congress centre in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh. The conference was geared towards sharing the problems women in Africa are faced with and finding solutions to those problems.
During the conference, they tabled their achievement and best practices. The conference opened a platform for women in Africa to look at the ratification of the Maputo protocol concerning follow-up on last year’s conference, in order for them to report on the progress made regarding this protocol.
In an exclusive with some participants, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Fourth vice president of the pan African Parliament said that they were hoping no African should be left behind in development, adding that “development should be inclusive based on equality, access to opportunities for development, opportunities for production and to create the space so that the voices of women will be heard as no African women wants to be left behind.”
Dr. Lahai further stated that it is not going to be efficient if the largest number of the women population in Africa is left behind, “ that means Africa will be left behind. The population that constitute the largest number in Africa should not be left behind in aspects of life that include safe delivery, education, governance” she emphasised.
Dr. Mary Okumu, the United Nations representative of UN women in Sierra Leone says the conference was timely and highly important to the rights of women and girls in Africa and that it promoted the leadership of women in political participation and the African Charter on people and human rights.
Speaking of the progressive result as a number of countries have achieved the minimal 30% representation, women in parliament or in local council Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo , Executive Director of the Hope for Future Generations in Ghana commended the Pan African Parliament for bringing women together from across Africa, including civil society organizations to make inputs to the strategies and protocols of the Pan African Parliament, which she says would help to improve the lives of women in African.