Thursday in Gitega (center), the representatives of women elected leaders including parliamentarians, communal administrators, hill chiefs and representative organizations of women’s civil society organizations in the provinces of the central-eastern part of the country have met in a forum of exchange of ideas and experiences on strategies for women’s representation in decision-making bodies in 2020.
This two-day forum is organized by the Association of Returnee Women (AFRABU) in collaboration with the Association of Women Parliamentarians with the financial support of Cordaid. The forum is part of the Strategic Partnership for Lobbying and Advocacy Program, with a view to addressing community concerns, said AFRABU legal representative, Ms. Godelieve Manirakiza.
It is also part of the implementation of the recommendations of a similar forum held in Gitega in 2018 which recommended the multiplication of exchanges of experience between women leaders in favor of women’s active participation in decision-making bodies.
Ms. Manirakiza acknowledged the efforts of the government to promote women’s participation in political governance, including the implementation of the National Gender Policy. Nevertheless, efforts are still needed to improve women’s participation in decision-making.
It is within this framework that AFRABU Vice-President Godeberte Hatungimana called on participants to adopt an operational strategy for greater women’s representation in the elective bodies of 2020. Women should also take an active part in the maintenance of peace and security
For his part, the Governor of Gitega Province, Mr. Venant Manirambona appreciated the foresight of the women leaders in the preparations for the 2020 electoral process and the undeniable contribution of the women of Gitega in the maintenance of peace and security.
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