Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

AAFW calls for women participation in political leadership

The national coordinator and chairlady central working committee, All African Women, AAFW, Mrs. Rosemary Effiong, has called for more women participation in politics, economic development and peace building in the country.

The chairperson made this known while briefing journalists in Abuja.

She stated that the summit will stimulate dialogue, feature rich structured panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and breakout sessions.

“It will be a great platform to amplify the voice of African women and for cross fertilization of ideas leading towards a greater vision for Africa’s future,” she said

According to her, ‘’‘The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against women CEDAM is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, which is described as the international bill of rights for women. It also marks the 23rdanniversary of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the key global policy on gender equality.”

“Women’s political participation has been recognized internationally as an important measure of the status of women in any particular country. Hence, in recent years, women’s participation in politics and decision making   has received some attention across the world,” she added.

However, “women remain seriously underrepresented in decision-making positions, despite the fact   that more than half percent of the world’s population are women. They lack access to political decision making as compared to their male counterparts at all levels of governance. So that women’s equal participation in decision-making and politics is not only a demand for simple justice, but also a necessary pre-requisite for women’s interests to be taken into account in the political process.”

According to Mrs. Effiong, “The overall objective of the Gender Pre-Summit is to bring together voices of key actors in the gender equality and women’s empowerment arena, to update and discuss critical developments in the field, assess the extent of implementation of commitments, especially the Declaration on 2015 Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063 as well as the Mid-Term Review of the African Women’s Decade, the AUC reports..

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