The European Union Delegation to Egypt

Women, girls empowerment vital – EU Ambassador

02/10/2020 - 11:46
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The European Union is proud to support organisations that advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Eswatini, said EU Ambassador to Eswatini, Esmeralda Hernandez Aragones on 30 September 2020 during the 3rd Annual Women’s Convention, funded by the EU, held at Happy Valley Hotel at Ezulwini.

In her keynote speech, the Ambassador said women play a huge and very important role in development and, as such, their empowerment was vital for socio-economic progress. In that regard, she said it was crucial for women to find their voice, step forward and take their rightful place in decision-making.

The Ambassador, however, noted that it was a bit discouraging that the representation of women in the decision-making positions in Eswatini was alarmingly low, citing the 2018 national elections where only two women were elected into Parliament.

“This Convention today presents us with the opportunity to understand the main barriers for women in taking up leadership roles and to identify ways of tackling such barriers.

“Empowering women and girls for leadership positions is crucial for many different reasons. One example is that research suggests that female politicians and leaders tend to place greater emphasis on social issues - from tackling poverty to providing basic services, as in education and health, and in critical infrastructure in developing countries.

“Therefore, putting economic resources in women’s hands is the best way to accelerate development and sustainably reduce poverty”, said the Ambassador.

She then encouraged the Government of Eswatini to put forward regulations and efficient electoral policies that seek to empower women. She said women and girls need to be aware of their own capacity and their own power.


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