Evaluation at the Primature of the pleas of the First Lady Nyakeru Tshisekedi on the valorization of women

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Kinshasa, May 18th, 2022 (CPA).- First Lady Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi evaluated with Prime Minister Sama Lukonde his pleas within the framework of the areas of intervention of his vision, during a working session, which he had on Monday, at the Primature. Denise Nyakeru, in her remarks, thanked the head of government for taking into account his advocacy on women’s access to positions of responsibility in various institutions of the country. “This advocacy has borne fruit in that there are 27% of women in the Sama Lukonde government. This is a big step towards the enhancement of Congolese women. However, there is still a long way to go. I can assure you of my support in this noble fight,” she said. The First Lady and the Prime Minister, in the presence of the Ministers of Health, Scientific Research, Gender, Family and Children, the Deputy Minister of EPST drew up an inventory of the progress of the various pleas in which the Spouse of the Head of State had asked the Prime Minister for a certain number of measures. These include advocacy for the fight against sickle cell disease in the DRC for which she requested, among other things, government funding for the sickle cell disease awareness project in the established school program concocted by the Foundation she heads, the involvement of the government in the organization of the Estates General on sickle cell disease, the emergency subsidy of products related to the care of sickle cell patients and the support of the government for the construction of a coordination center (hospital) and research into the fight against this disease, the Foundation having financed the technical studies and made a site available to the project.

Added to this is also advocacy on improving the conditions of women and young girls for which she requested, among other things, support for the rehabilitation of the Marie Antoinette Women’s Center (CFMA), the establishment by the government of at least one « women’s house » in each province of the country, the support of the « EXCELLENTIA » program and the deployment of women’s troops in conflict zones in order to fight against sexual violence against women. The various problems of the populations of the provinces visited by the First Lady were also mentioned. These are the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central, Kasaï Central, Kasaï Oriental, North Kivu, South Kivu, Tshopo, Bas-Uélé, Haut-Uélé, Ituri, Kwango and Kwilu. The Prime Minister, for his part, thanked the First Lady for her activism.

This meeting follows the various meetings that the First Lady had with Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba in 2020. In 2021, Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi had again presented the plea to Prime Minister Sama Lukonde and a focal point had been set up to monitor the progress of her various pleas. For his part, the Minister of Public Health, Jean-Jacques Mbungani, indicated at the end of this working session that sickle cell disease is a disease of hereditary origin which alters hemoglobin and which affects 2 to 3% Congolese. “This disease has so far focused very little government involvement,” he lamented. The Prime Minister, who listened attentively to all the advocacy made by the First Lady, instructed all the sectoral ministers to do everything at government level to meet these demands.