Mushikiwabo: Women in Politics a Human Rights Issue

Police in Kisoro are investigation a case in which unidentified thugs on Sunday night broke into St. Andrews Sseseme Church of Uganda Cathedral in Kisoro Municipality and stole Shs 2.7million offertory money and other property worth millions of shillings.

The incident was confirmed by the cathedral sub dean Rev. Herbert Mujabwami who however declined to comment further on the matter.

The Kisoro district OC CIID Emmanuel Gumisiriza revealed that other items stolen included rolls of clothes that were meant to be donated to the needy, approved 12 pairs of uniform belonging to the church choir.

Gumisiriza says that up to 2.7 million Uganda shillings was stolen from the church coffers. This is believed to have been the total offertory collection for one Sunday.

Gumisiriza also told our reporter that the security guard responsible for securing church premises had been arrested by police and will face a number of charges after the investigations are complete.

He says that Police in Kisoro is still hunting for more suspects as investigations into the matter continues. The case is registered under CRB/1537/2015 at Kisoro central police station.

Rwanda Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, troche Louise Mushikiwabo, store has called on African governments to include more women in their political processes for effective governance.

The Minister was Monday addressing a gathering of over 300 women leaders in political parties and research institutions from across Africa convened in Kigali for the Fourth High Level Dialogue on Democracy Human Rights and Governance.

The two-day event is co-organised by the Government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and the African Union Commission.

While officially opening the Dialogue, medications Minister Mushikiwabo called for greater women inclusion and participation in political processes to spur African countries’ quest for national development.

Although women make up a large segment of the African population, their proportion in African politics leaves a lot to be desired.

“African women constitute over two-thirds of the agricultural workforce, yet there is no country, in Africa or elsewhere, where women’s representation in political leadership, matches the contributions they make,” said Minister Mushikiwabo.

She further reiterated that women are not the sole beneficiaries when involved in political processes; she added that Women empowerment is also a human rights issue:

“When seen in the wider context of profound changes that women’s empowerment catalyses, you could even argue, that men benefit ever more than women themselves do. A society which denies women their rightful place cannot guarantee rights for anyone else either.”

The African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, lauded the progress that Rwanda has made in empowering women at all levels.

“As at the start of the year 2014, 64 percent of legislative seats in Rwanda were held by women, from these statistics, Rwanda dwarfs everybody else, including Nordic countries that for a long time enjoyed the highest rates of women representation. Rwanda is truly the world’s superpower on gender parity.”

Participants at the High Level Dialogue agreed that obstacles hampering the full participation of African women in politics and political parties include: high illiteracy levels, poverty and age-old stereotypes about what women can or cannot do.

Themed “Women’s participation and leadership in political parties in Africa,” the Fourth High Level Dialogue on Democracy Human Rights and Governance was preceded by a Youth Pre-Forum and will run from 7-8 December in Kigali. Key policy recommendations from the Dialogue will be submitted to the AU Heads of State and Government Summit in January 2016.

The last annual Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa was held in October 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.


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