Participation/representation of women in public and private institutions
Feb 26, 2020
English translation by community member HARMONY.
The question of implication and representation of women in management of public affair and their participation in decision-making bodies at all levels, in national, provinces or local public or private institutions, is still a problem in DRC and touches all the dynamics of the promotion for women's rights.
International and national Conventions and legislation have been implemented to contribute to gender equality and parity, for women to be involved at all levels […], having the same rights as men to occupy all the public position and to do any public work,…; but actions (such as the adoption of specific policies of equality, the promulgation of the law on parity, some measures of positive discrimination which imposes quotas of women, etc), the main key means to deal with the underrepresentation of women in the institutions and organizations, to ensure the progress of parity, never led to the expected results.
It is important to note that the Congolese community is becoming conscious of the need for eliminating gender inequalities in the country, consciousness translated in article 14 of 2006 Constitution into these terms: “Women have right to equitable representation throughout the nation, in provinces and local institutions. The State guarantees progressive implementation of gender parity in the aforementioned institutions.”
In spite of this consciousness, the difficulties remain when it comes to evaluating the exact extent of the inequalities in the Congolese society and to make sure that they are indeed in the process of decreasing. However, it is vital, for the government and the Congolese society, to follow and evaluate the impact of the policies aiming to reducing the disparities between men and women to all levels.