Kinshasa, December 7th, 2021 (CPA).– Congolese women took part in a debate conference organized over the weekend by the Belgian Embassy, the Delegation of the European Union and the UN-Women to support female candidates in the next election 2023, reports a document from the UN agency received on Monday at CPA.
This conference was motivated by the conclusions of a UN Women study which showed that in the last national elections in 2018, women candidates were still better elected compared to the previous elections in 2006 and 2011. Which, according to the study, suggests that the Congolese and Congolese are ready to vote for women? In addition, the electoral reforms planned during the current session in parliament turn out to be an opportunity for parliamentarians and civil society to advocate in order to promote the organization of free, inclusive, transparent elections and to strengthen participation candidates and voters.
However, UN-Women document underlines that despite article 14 of the Congolese Constitution which introduces the notion of equitable representation of women in national, provincial and local institutions, political participation still seems out of reach for many women.
Equal representation of women in the institutions necessary for the fight against GBV
For the conference organizers, equal representation of women in legislative assemblies is directly linked to increased attention to women’s issues. It is a fundamental precondition for the fight against gender-based violence (GBV), gender equality as well as for sustainable development and the entrenchment of democracy.
The conference-debate took place during the “16 Days of Activism against Violence to the Women and Girls” campaign, an international event that was launched on November 25th and will end on December 10, a commemorative date of International Human Rights Day.