Gender minister urges women to beware of ‘outstretched hand’ policy


Kinshasa, June 3th, 2022 (CPA).-The Minister in charge of Gender, Family and Children, Gisèle Ndaya Luseba, on Thursday invited the women of the National Network Women Leaders and Political Vision (RN-FLVP) to beware of the politics of the « outstretched hand », at the end of the two-day workshop organized by his ministry, in collaboration with the NGO IPAS, at Cercle Elaïs, in the commune of Gombe in Kinshasa.

She, on this occasion, called on the women leaders to change their behavior and put into practice the knowledge acquired during this workshop, so that in the future, they will be passed on to future generations.

« The woman must be self-sufficient and avoid having the politics of the outstretched hand », she stressed, thus emphasizing the empowerment of the latter.

Participants sufficiently edified

During this workshop, the participants, mainly women members of the RN-FLVP, followed useful modules, including « the rights of women in reproductive health », « resilience to global warming », « the empowerment of the woman” as well as “gender-based violence” (GBV), as part of their capacity building.

The participants were also enlightened on matters concerning contraception, the concepts of comprehensive abortion care, public health and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In her words, RN-FLVP Vice-President Christelle Tshibala praised the initiative of the Minister of Gender, Gisèle Ndaya, aimed at building the capacities of women leaders and members of women’s organizations.

At the same time, she requested the signing of a partnership agreement between the Ministry of Gender and the NGO IPAS, for better visibility of their structure.

Dr. Rosette Mayulu, one of the participants, acknowledged having acquired an appropriate background of knowledge, in view of the teachings received during this training, which came at the right time.

The formulation of a few recommendations, followed by the awarding of certificates to the participants, marked the end of this ceremony, it is noted.