Civil society organisations in good governance promotion in Africa have urged leaders across the continent to prioritise efforts which would increase the participation of women in governance, saying they will provide the difference critical for Africa’s transformation.
Deliberating on how to resolve the under-representation of women in politics at a meeting to precede the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the participants said women had the makeup of the new breed of politicians the continent needed.
Women leaders, they observed, had the requisite zeal and the commitment towards addressing specific issues affecting them; children, the less privileged and, indeed, that of the entire society.
The discussion was on the topic: “Women’s participation in African Politics - Challenges and opportunities”. The European Union-funded meeting on the theme: “Mobilising Civil Society Support for Implementation of the African Governance Architecture” (PANAF).
Shaping the mindset
The Director of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Dr Khabele Matlosa, in her contribution to the subject, said there was the urgent need to shape the mindset of African politicians who were the primary actors of governance on gender equity and empowerment.
He stated: “This is a big challenge that all governments are seeking solutions to. This problem cuts across the whole of Africa - from Algeria to Zimbabwe - and we need to change the mindset from self-interested to transformative and visionary leadership.”
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