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On Silencing the Guns

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Reflections on WOMEN RISING

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Ms Afropolitan shared her thoughts on the recent film we produced along with UNDP; WOMEN RISING: Poltical Leadership in Africa – we’re reblogging it here:

By MsAfropolitan/Minna Salami

I just watched Women Rising: Political Leadership in Africa, a documentary by FEMNET and UNDP and thought I’d share it with you all here (embedded below). To me, the need for more women in political leadership is possibly the most urgent task for the African feminist agenda. If women are not determining the future of Africa then the future will continue to disadvantage African women. Simple as.
You might be thinking, wait a minute, leadership is not only political, and women are moving forward in business, arts and other parts of public – and private – life. This is true yet we need more women in real, bonafide decision-making positions, roles that give women the power tochange the very foundation of the nation.

It took a Kenyan woman politician (Njoki Ndungu), for instance, to ensure the enactment of a Sexual Offences Law and in Rwanda, a gender-based violence bill was introduced into the parliament only after women were elected to nearly 50% of seats in 2006.

It follows that it is women ourselves who must take primary responsibility for ushering more women into positions of power and we must do so determinedly. The truth is African women have not taken enough measurements to secure seats in leadership positions today and are either absent or under-represented as a result. Nor have we sufficiently adapted the roles of Women Chiefs, Queen Mothers and other eminent women of ancient times in order to challenge structures and social attitudes that exclude women from leadership positions.
Sojourner Truth aptly said, “If women want more rights than they got, why don’t they take it and stop talking about taking it.”

The Women Rising documentary features women who indeed are taking it, if controversially at times.

It features President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, Boussaina Kamel, the very first female presidential aspirant of Egypt, Honorable Rebecca Kadaga, first female Speaker of the House in Uganda’s Parliament, Honorable Rabiaa Nejlaoui, youngest Member of Parliament in Tunisia, and Honorable Hlobisile Ndlovu, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture of Swaziland.

They share their their experiences and challenges running for office, their ambitions, their role models and their vision for a future of Africa with equal representation. I wish every young African girl can watch this and know that she too can become a future political leader.

What do you think readers?

Enjoy and share thoughts!

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

Democracy is in the Air/ La Democratie se Balance

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DEMOCRACY IS IN THE AIR

Three African nations, namely Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya have recently undergone revolutions, overturning undemocratic and authoritarian governments that have been in power for decades without the consent of their people.

“You can tear a flower, but you can’t stop spring from coming!”
-Tunisian Activist

Article 4 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections & Governance (2007) says:
1. State Parties shall commit themselves to promote democracy, the principle of the rule of law and human rights.
2. State Parties shall recognize popular participation through universal suffrage as the inalienable right of the people.

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

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LA DEMOCRATIE SE BALANCE

Trois nations africaines, à savoir la Tunisie, l’Egypte et la Libye viennent de vivre des révolutions, en renversant des gouvernements non démocratiques et autoritaires qui ont été au pouvoir pendant des décennies sans le consentement de leurs gens.

« On peut détruire une fleur, mais on ne peut pas empêcher l’avènement du printemps! »
-Activiste tunisien

L’Article 4 de la Charte Africaine sur la Démocratie, les Elections & la Gouvernance (2007) stipule:

1. Les Etats partis s’engageront à promouvoir la démocratie, le principe d’état de droit et les droits humains.
2. Les Etats partis reconnaîtront la participation populaire à travers le suffrage universel en tant que droit inaliénable des gens.

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

Democracy Update/Mise a jour sur la Democratie

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DEMOCRACY UPDATE

The African Charter on Democracy, Elections & Governance (2007) is not yet in force because only 10 countries have ratified it as of August 2011.

These are: Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, South Africa, Guinea and Niger.

Five more countries must ratify this instrument before it is enforceable.

In honor of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, 2011, we urge you all to write to your Members of Parliament and urge them to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance without delay.

Write to prog-associate@femnet.or.ke for a copy of the Charter

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

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MISE A JOUR SUR LA DEMOCRATIE

La Charte africaine sur la Démocratie, les Elections & la Gouvernance (2007) n’est pas encore entrée en vigueur car il n’y a que 10 pays qui l’ont ratifiée jusqu’en août 2011.

Il s’agite de: l’Ethiopie, du Ghana, du Lesotho, de la Mauritanie, de la Sierra Léone, du Burkina Faso, du Rwanda, de l’Afrique du Sud, de la Guinée et du Niger.

Il faut que cinq autres pays ratifient cet instrument avant qu’il ne soit applicable.

En honneur de la Journée Internationale de la Démocratie le 15 septembre 2011, nous vous exhortons toutes à écrire à vos Membres du Parlement et à les exhorter à ratifier sans délais la Charte africaine sur la Démocratie, les Elections et la Gouvernance.

Envoyez un email à prog-associate@femnet.or.ke pour une copie de la Charte

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