Community Parliament of member states of ECOWAS has said that participation of women in politics in W/Africa is still abysmally low.
It also noted that despite the work carried out by ECOWAS Parliament in terms of advocacy and actions for the involvement of women in leadership roles, the region still falls short of recording significant figures.
The regional parliament disclosed that current statistics provided by the West Africa Brief show that women occupy 421 seats in West African Parliaments and thus represent only 16.1% of all lawmakers.
Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Sidie Mohamed Tunis said the today in Abuja at an event to commemorate International Women’s Day 2021.
He said that 12 out of the 15 ECOWAS Member States are short of the 23.3% world average of women in Government.
“In the region, women occupy on average less than 20% of ministerial posts, and, of those, they are mostly clustered in the ministries covering women’s affairs and social issues,” he said.
The Speaker added that, “In spite of these facts, we have continued to press forward in playing our role to enhance the appreciation of the importance of women to socio-economic development.
“Within the ambit of regional Legal Texts, Article 63 of the ECOWAS Treaty on ‘Women and Development,’ calls on the Member States to formulate, harmonise, coordinate and establish appropriate policies and mechanisms, for the enhancement of the economic, social, and cultural conditions of women.
“ECOWAS also adopted the Gender and Trade Plan of Action, 2015-2020, which aims to increase women’s productive capacity and export competitiveness and to promote gender-sensitive trade policy development and implementation among Member countries”.
He disclosed that the theme for this year’s international women’s day, seeks to encompass in one statement, the idea that the world must, and has now come to embrace the necessity for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life.
This theme he said also captures with it, the understanding that clearly calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, as well as the development of health-care services that respond to their needs.
“I salute the courage that has brought our women this far in the quest for true equality in the workplace and in public space,” he concluded.

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