Experts call for a transformative agenda to promote gender equality
Experts believe there is need for a transformative agenda on the African continent that will further augment womenâ€™s participation in political processes as well as in socio economic development of the countries.
This means that countries will not only focus on creating numbers for women to fill positions in leaderships areas but also look at the roles such women can play.
â€œItâ€™s not about representation but also the agenda women have to undertake,â€ said Her Excellency Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy on Women, peace and security.
Speaking at the two day 4th highâ€™s level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa held in Kigali on Monday, Diop said the agenda should create an environment that allows women to participate in political process.
â€œAnd this transformation must be undertaken while also taking into account of protecting their rights,â€ she said
Â Oda Gasinzigwa Rwandaâ€™s Minister of Gender and Family PromotionÂ says governments need to create an ideology as well as mechanisms that will help women join mainstream political process.
â€œThere must be mechanisms in place where inclusive participation can be trickled down to the lower grounds,â€ she said.
For example, Rwanda achieved gender equality in levels of leadership due to governmentâ€™s ideology to foster inclusive participation as well as political will to promote equality mainly women rights.
â€œThis could not happen if the ruling party, Rwanda Patriotic Front-RPF didnâ€™t not have this ideology,â€ she noted.
She further noted that women should be smart to participate in political parties to influence decision making to increase gender equality.
The dialogue will review the womenâ€™s equal participation and leadership in political parties and recommendations will be submitted to AU Heads of State and Government Summit in January 2016.