27% of women in the DRC government, a step towards achieving parity (By Evelyne LUYELO)

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Kinshasa, May 29th, 2021 (CPA).- The current government is the first to have a high number of women. It has 56 people including 15 women. This represents 27% of women. Voices are raised to welcome this advance in the representativeness of women. Indeed, the constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo enshrines parity in the institutions, but a quota of 30% has been negotiated to allow the gradual achievement of parity in the institutions of the Republic. Some women welcome this breakthrough and others think the law has not been followed. « This is a step forward that we welcome because it was the first President who took into account the representativeness of women. Going from 17 to 27 percent is a real step forward, « said Ms. Mimie Mupunga, member of the Permanent Framework of Congolese Women, CAFCO.

Ms. Marie-Claire Asumani, General Secretary of the political party Le Démocrat says she is satisfied, she and the grassroots women, with the improvement in representativeness, which has gone from 17% to 27% for the government. But the fight remains that of obtaining the 50% granted to women by the constitution and in all decision-making bodies. She also stressed the desire to go beyond 50% to change the situation in the DRC. It welcomes the willingness shown by the Head of State and Prime Minister Sama Lukonde to get on the path to implementing the legal texts of the DRC. She advises Ms. Rose Mutombo, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, who was her manager within CAFCO, to fight for the readjustment of the budget allocated to her ministry in order to improve prison conditions for women prisoners. Alidou Ngapna, member of the United Nations Joint Office for Human Rights (UNJHRO) notes a qualitative leap but insufficient because the President of the Republic has made a commitment to thirty percent parity. For him, this is an important message given the quality of portfolios entrusted to women such as justice and the environment, mining, education and others.

Ms. Annie Bambe, human rights activist, coordinator of the Beijing + 25 coalition and member of the organization « Nothing without women », also welcomed the political will while specifying that it should not be limited. at this level ; because parity is a right that must be applied without negotiation. She said women will not give up until the goal of achieving 50% parity in all institutions is reached. The women of North Kivu congratulate the Head of State for having demanded from the leaders of political parties lists including the names of women.

The latter thank all the leaders of the political parties for having understood the meaning of the participation of women in the management of public affairs.

For some interviewees, the fact that important portfolios have been entrusted to women should prompt them to do their best to be better and prove that they are effective and necessary. In this way, when appointments are made to the next government or to public enterprises and elsewhere, more use will be made of competent women. One of the tips for achieving parity is, according to Marie Claire Asumani, for women appointed to the government to demonstrate competence in the exercise of their mission, and to serve the nation and not their political parties.

She further recommends that parents get involved in the access and education of young girls by teaching them their rights and duties.

All the people we met are unanimous: women in civil society must join political parties to have more opportunities to participate in the management of public affairs. They also urge government authorities to sustain progress in promoting gender. ACP/Fng/nig