POLITICS AND SOCIETY

MADELEINE BWENGE
Posted July 17, 2012 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

En vue de la recherche de l'equilibre du genre dans la politique congolaise, les femmes ont ete suffisamment sensibilisees a s'investir dans gestion de la chose publique. Cet eveil de la conscience feminine a rencontre l'adhesion de plusieurs femmes qui, a cet effet se sont presentees comme candidates aux elections legislatives de novembre 2011 dans les memes listes que les hommes. Toutefois, dans la plupart des partis politiques, au lieu que les candidatures feminines a la deputation nationale soit considerees au meme titre que leurs compatriotes masculins, elles sont considerees comme collistieres dans les listes de leurs partis politiques pour accompagner ces derniers. Un autre aspect tres important observe sur terrain est que les femmes se sont heurtees a la problematique de moyens financiers et materiels pour mettre en place leurs propres partis politiques, c'est alors qu'elles demeurent soumises a ces manoeuvres qui contribuent a l'aneantissement de leurs efforts et leurs courages.

Consequences ; La pauvrete de la femme fait que les femmes candidates ont eu de difficultes pour battre campagne, notamment, le manque d'une prise en charge pour le transport et les divers contacts avec les electeurs, la production du materiel de campagne, etc...

-Cette situation fait que les femmes n'ont pas eu la chance d'atteindre leurs electeurs en vue de les convaincre a voter massivement pour elles. Cet aspect a contribue suffisamment a l'echec des femmes dans le processus electoral. Neanmoins, les femmes ne se sont pas toujours decouragees, elles continueront a se porter comme candidates aux elections provinciales, municipales et locales qui auront lieu dans les prochains jours.

-Les femmes representent un taux eleve au sein de la population congolaise; toutefois, plusieurs d'entre elles, ne comprennent pas encore l'importance de soutenir les candidatures de leurs semblables quand bien memes elles disposent des competences.

Actions a mener ; Relever la capacite des femmes a se porter comme candidate, -Soutenir materiellement les femmes candidates, en vue de lever le defi, -Sensibiliser toutes les femmes congolaises a se solidariser et a ne pas se sous-estimer mutuellement.

English translation by PulseWire member Elle Crossley

With the fight for equality between the sexes in Congolese politics, women have realised that they have the capacity to work in Public Management. This awakening of female consciousness saw several women run as candidates in the legislative elections of November 2011 in the same lists as men. But, in most political parties, instead of giving the female parliamentary candidates the same status as their male compatriots, they were considered to be fellow candidates in their political parties' lists and there to accompany the men. Another very important problem observed in the process was that women ran into financial difficulties and were unable to publicise their own political parties. These factors conspired against them and led to the ruin of all their efforts and courage.

Consequences: Poverty among woman means that female candidates had difficulty campaigning. They couldn't afford the transport fares to travel to meet the voters, or to produce campaign material.

Women were not able to reach voters to convince them to vote for them. This factor contributed significantly to their failure in the elections. Women were not always discouraged however. They continue to run as candidates in the provincial, municipal and local elections, which will take place in the next few days.

Women form a high percentage of the Congolese population. However, many of them have not yet understood that it is essential to support fellow women candidates when they are skilled.

Actions that should be taken: help women to run as candidates: Support female candidates financially in the hope of meeting the challenge Promote solidarity among all Congolese women and encourage them not to underestimate each other.

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Elle Crossley
Oct 01, 2012
Oct 01, 2012

With the fight for equality between the sexes in Congolese politics, women have realised that they have the capacity to work in Public Management. This awakening of female consciousness saw several women run as candidates in the legislative elections of November 2011 in the same lists as men. But, in most political parties, instead of giving the female parliamentary candidates the same status as their male compatriots, they were considered to be fellow candidates in their political parties' lists and there to accompany the men. Another very important problem observed in the process was that women ran into financial difficulties and were unable to publicise their own political parties. These factors conspired against them and led to the ruin of all their efforts and courage. Consequences: Poverty among woman means that female candidates had difficulty campaigning. They couldn't afford the transport fares to travel to meet the voters, or to produce campaign material. Women were not able to reach voters to convince them to vote for them. This factor contributed significantly to their failure in the elections. Women were not always discouraged however. They continue to run as candidates in the provincial, municipal and local elections, which will take place in the next few days. Women form a high percentage of the Congolese population. However, many of them have not yet understood that it is essential to support fellow women candidates when they are skilled. Actions that should be taken: help women to run as candidates: Support female candidates financially in the hope of meeting the challenge Promote solidarity among all Congolese women and encourage them not to underestimate each other.

William
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 04, 2012

Dear sister, thank you for your article. You wrote it well, clearly and suggested solutions. Certainly women voting for qualified female candidates and supporting them with small donations for the campaign would help. Please encourage the women in your country to keep trying and eventually someone female will get elected. Once people see their success other women will be elected. Good luck and thank you again for your well written article.

MADELEINE BWENGE
Nov 20, 2012
Nov 20, 2012

Merci William por vos suggestions. Certes, les autres femmes congolaises pourraient dans la mesure du possible appuyer leurs semblables matériellement. Cependant, la majorité reste victime de la pauvrété, suite aux multiples guerres dans le pays. Cela a rendu et continue à rendre les femmes très vulnérables, de telle sorte que personne ne peut aider l'autre, Par contre, les hommes pour la plupart appartiennent au pouvoir, ils battent campagne avec l'argent qu'ils ont amassé dans le gouvernement. Voilà comment nous les femmes congolaises se heurtent à cette problématique liée à leur électorat.

Portlandia
Oct 09, 2012
Oct 09, 2012

Dear Madeleine! Thank you so much for writing this very informative article about women in politics in the DRC. This was very interesting to me and while I am sorry to hear that many of the candidates were not able to compete with their male opponents in the races, I am still encouraged to hear that many women have come to the realization that they too can work in the government offices, thereby giving more power to women. It may not have happened in this past election, but I believe that if women continue to stay aware and fight for equality, they will overcome! Please continue to keep us informed! Thank you from Portland, Oregon, USA

MADELEINE BWENGE
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 26, 2012

Merci Portlandia pour vos encouragements. Certes, les femmes congolaises vont continuer à se battre pour le genre mais nous déplorons toutes ces guerres qui ne cessent de vulnérabiliser incessamment les femmes in DRC

Pushpa Achanta
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012

Ma cherie,

Bonjour. I admire your timely article and the persistence of the women candidates who are sending vital messages by their action. Let us encourage them however possible.

Warmth, Pushpa

MADELEINE BWENGE
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 14, 2012

Thank you Pushpa. Les femmes congolaises continuent à se battre malgré les multiples contraintes auxquelles elles sont confrontées. Merci beaucoup pour vos encouragements.

Katie Welch
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012

Dear Madeleine,

Thank you for your article. Your words speak powerfully to the connection between the disproportionate gendering of poverty and how it creates a cycle of inequality in governance, political power and opportunity. I appreciated your suggestions, especially your observance of the need to create solidarity between Congolese women running as candidates and the links between female poverty and the difficulties of campaigning. Do you have any more information on what is currently being done to support female candidates or specific details on what actions may be successful in the future?

Warm wishes, Katie, Oregon, U.S.A

MADELEINE BWENGE
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 14, 2012

Merci pour vos encouragements dédiés aux femmes congolaises candidates aux élections. J'avais évoqué les questions liées au manque des moyens materiel et financier pour battre campagne. D'habitude, si les moyens financiers sont disponibles, il est possible que les femmes candidates produisent les photos qu'elles doivent afficher, les frais de transport pour divers déplacements en vue de réaliser des meetings populaires, les frais pour louer la salle en vue de conférer avec les électeurs, un peu de boisson pour le rafraichissement. Vous observez que les contacts doivent être pris à tous les niveaux. Au niveau des médias, on doit débourser quelque chose pour différentes interventions et messages télévisés. Dans les église, dans les marchés et autres lieux publics, les échanges doivent être faits. Voilà brièvement ce qui se fait au moment de la campagne. Dans les écoles, primaires, secondaires et institutions supérieures, les contacts sont très importants. Mais tout ceci nécessite des moyens matériel et financiers que les femmes n'ont pas souvent.

MADELEINE BWENGE
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 14, 2012

Merci pour vos encouragements dédiés aux femmes congolaises candidates aux élections. J'avais évoqué les questions liées au manque des moyens materiel et financier pour battre campagne. D'habitude, si les moyens financiers sont disponibles, il est possible que les femmes candidates produisent les photos qu'elles doivent afficher, les frais de transport pour divers déplacements en vue de réaliser des meetings populaires, les frais pour louer la salle en vue de conférer avec les électeurs, un peu de boisson pour le rafraichissement. Vous observez que les contacts doivent être pris à tous les niveaux. Au niveau des médias, on doit débourser quelque chose pour différentes interventions et messages télévisés. Dans les église, dans les marchés et autres lieux publics, les échanges doivent être faits. Voilà brièvement ce qui se fait au moment de la campagne. Dans les écoles, primaires, secondaires et institutions supérieures, les contacts sont très importants. Mais tout ceci nécessite des moyens matériel et financiers que les femmes n'ont pas souvent.