English translation by community member Nancy Janus
The proactive political view of the government in the health sector is written the right line of Millenium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6. We can cite several enabling indicators that contribute to the well/ being of women and the mother-child pair, such as free access to malaria treatment for children under the age of 15 and pregnant women; free caesarean sections or surgery for extra-uterine pregnancy and other major interventions relative to pregnancy and birth; free access to screening, of biological results and access to antiretrovirals. Unfortunately, despite financial efforts dedicated to health matters, registered progress is still weak. Congo is among the countries in which a Caesarean section is most expensive and where women die while giving birth. It is deplorable to see that in the 21st century women still die simply because they need to deliver by C-section. Congolese legislation assures equal access for women in employment, equality of pay, as well as other rights and privileges, The relationship to key positions in public office in which they make up approximately 33% of the staff is unfortunately only 13% of women compared to 38.5% of men. However, they do much better in the informal sector where they occupy 54% of the employees. In Congo, few women feel drawn to work in the fields of science and technology. 6% of female researchers were counted in research institutes in 2012, and their number has decreased with departures for retirements Some important challenges must be overcome to allow Congp to realize all the Millenium Development Goals. Despite government efforts it appears evident that certain goals will still remain outside the scope of the goal date of 2015.. That is why the government urges redirecting the set of MDGs, placing particular emphasis on access, quality and equality; gender equality, and equality of opportunity between men and women, boys and girls. The National Development Plan 2012-2016 that includes a strategy for growth, employment and the reduction of poverty, is declining strategies and sectorial policies at half term that Congo is in the process of putting in place in order to accelerate its modernization and industrialization with the goal of bringing about greater prosperity to be better shared among all social classes. Women play a vital role in all societies. They are essential pillars of the communities to which they belong. In rural areas in developing countries women are at the heart of economic and social life. That is why the improvement of their condition and autonomy by the growth and reinforcement of their political, economic and social power must be one of the priorities of our government. This is the place to underline the importance of a careful approach to gender equality in national development programs and in the future development agenda post 2015. From that standpoint our committee is a critical instrument to advance the rights of women and gender equality. We want to advance the rights of women and girls in the name of the principles of equality, justice and social inclusion.