Africa: AU Urged to Advise National Political Parties On Women Inclusion

By Eugene Kwibuka

The African Union (AU) should set up a continental programme which will assist major national political parties in countries across Africa about how to include women in their structures, participants at a dialogue on women resolved yesterday.

Held under the auspices of the African Union and the Government of Rwanda, the two-day fourth African Union High-Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance ended in Kigali yesterday with a focus on involving women in political processes, especially by enhancing their participation in the management of political parties in countries across the continent.

It was agreed at the end of the conference that political parties across the continent should set up policies that make it mandatory for women to occupy positions of power in their ranks, while also empowering them with skills needed to fully participate in national governance.

The African Union director for political affairs, Dr Khabele Matlosa, said the AU be set up a continental programme to advise political parties on how they can have gender-sensitive governance structures.

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