Women Members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP)
have called for the inclusion of women in all peace building activities.
In resolutions adopted at the end of a two day PAP Conference on women’s
rights, participants were concerned that women and children are the most
affected by conflicts and displacement.
The conference was held at the Parliament headquarters in Midrand, South Africa
from 14th to 15th October 2019. It was attended by African women legislators
and persons involved in work and advocacy in the areas of women and gender.
The conference, held since 2008, provides an avenue for on-going monitoring and
evaluation of women’s issues, revisiting progress made by the PAP in the
promotion of gender mainstreaming, the economic advancement of women on the
continent, and a discussion on the planning, implementation and monitoring of
gender-focused programmes, policies and activities of the African Union and
They noted with regret that women bear the burden of poverty,
owing to limited access to decision-making processes, finance, education,
health and means of production.
They called upon African Union (AU) Member States to strengthen comprehensive
mediation, peace building and conflict resolution mechanisms, including the full
participation of women in all peace building activities and processes.
Gomba West MP Robinah Rwakoojo said that women should be key in all peace building
activities of government since women and girls are mostly affected by
//Cue in: “I wanted to…
Cue out…gender equality rights.”//
Sembabule Woman MP Hanifa Kawooya appealed to the MPs to gain confidence to be
able to lobby their male colleagues and government to see that issues affecting
women are passed in Parliament.
She emphasized on the need for women to work on their communication skills and
gaining confidence to lobby governments to push their issues through
//Cue in: “now when we…
Cue out:…lack communication skills.”//
Meanwhile, the Women MPs also urged African Union member states to put the
concerns of refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons on the
agendas of the AU Peace and Security Council and Regional Economic Communities.
The other recommendations were AU member states to ratify the African
Continental Free Trade Agreement, calling upon member states to put in place
deliberate programmes to empower women to actively participate in the free
trade and to opt for gender-responsive policies to improve inclusiveness and
ensuring access to trade information, services, finance, ICT and market
The MPs also want parliamentarians to monitor the negotiations, the
implementation and impact of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement with
a particular focus on the participation of women and a call for member states
to build the capacity of women so that they can add value to commodities with
the view to increase production and supply of services.
The women MPs further recommended parliamentarians to advocate in their member
states for Internet access as a basic right and the integration of ICT into
school curriculum and the elimination of barriers to enable young girls pursue
programmes in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics