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Indecent Dress

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By Mallah Tabot 

Cameron’s Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family says young girls should stop indecent dressing so as to avoid sexual violence.

Here’s the thing. Rape and other forms of sexual violence have never been about dressing or decency. It is about power and control. And the way a woman dresses should never be a man’s excuse for abusing her sexually. Never. Plus if rape were about indecent dressing, women in the Middle East would never be victims. But we all know what happens there daily.

It is a terrible thing to instill in men’s heads that it is okay to sexually abuse a woman because she didn’t dress right.

So here’s my point. Educate girls about the importance of appropriate dressing codes-that’s fine by me. But to link indecent dressing to sexual violence is giving perpetrators of this form of violence a strong backing to keep going, and as a minster of women’s empowerment, that is totally unacceptable!!

 

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WOMEN GRAB THE REINS OF DEMOCRACY / LES FEMMES ARRACHENT LES RENES DE LA DEMOCRATIE

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WOMEN GRAB THE REINS OF DEMOCRACY

Africa has an unprecedented number of female presidential contestants in 2011-2012:
Cameroon: Kah Walla
Egypt: Bothaina Kamel
Kenya: Hon. Martha Karua
Senegal: Prof. Amsatou Sow Sidibe
Zambia: Hon. Edith Nawakwi

Simultaneously we have seen a regression in the proportion of women in Parliament in several member states such as Nigeria, Namibia and Botswana. Are States doing enough to ensure gender parity at all levels of political participation?

Article 29 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections & Governance (2007) states that:
1. State Parties shall recognize the crucial role of women in development and strengthening of democracy.
2. State Parties shall create the necessary conditions for full and active participation of women in the decision-making processes and structures at all levels as a fundamental element in the promotion and exercise of a democratic culture.
3. State Parties shall take all possible measures to encourage the full and active participation of women in the electoral process and ensure gender parity in representation at all levels, including legislatures.

In commemoration of Democracy Day
September 15th, 2011
http://www.femnet.or.ke

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LES FEMMES ARRACHENT LES RENES DE LA DEMOCRATIE

L’Afrique a un nombre sans précédent de femmes candidates présidentielles en 2011-2012:
Cameroun: Kah Walla
Egypte: Bothaina Kamel
Kenya: Hon. Martha Karua
Sénégal: Prof. Amsatou Sow Sidibe
Zambie: Hon. Edith Nawakwi

Au même moment, nous avons vu une régression dans la proportion des femmes au Parlement dans plusieurs Etats membres tels que le Nigeria, la Namibie et le Botswana. Les Etats sont-ils en train de faire assez pour garantir la parité sexuelle à tous les niveaux de participation politique?

L’Article 29 de la Charte Africaine sur la Démocratie, les Elections & la Gouvernance (2007) stipule que:
1. Les Etats partis reconnaîtront le rôle crucial de la femme dans le développement et dans le renforcement de la démocratie.
2. Les Etats partis créeront les conditions nécessaires à la pleine et active participation de la femme aux processus et structures de prise de décisions à tous les niveaux en tant qu’élément fondamental dans la promotion et dans l’exercice d’une culture démocratique.
3. Les Etats partis prendront toutes les mesures possibles pour encourager la pleine et active participation de la femme au processus électoral et garantir la parité sexuelle dans la représentation à tous les niveaux, y compris les législatures.

En commémoration de la Journée de la Démocratie
Le 15 septembre 2011
http://www.femnet.or.ke