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Political dialogue and leadership: women demand more visibility in the media

22 November 2020
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Despite progress made since the 1990s, a report reveals that women are lagging behind in political exercise in the media. It is within this framework that the Woman political participation (WPP) program was launched yesterday in Dakar to improve the image and leadership of women in politics.

By Adja M. BADJI-  | Oct 23, 2020

Women's leadership and participation in political life are under constant threat. To meet the challenge, women are calling for more visibility in the media. The announcement was made yesterday in Dakar by Fatou Sarr Sow, coordinator of women leaders, at the launch of the Woman political participation (WPP) program.

According to her, to improve the image of women politicians in the media, since their visibility in the media contributes to building the leadership of political actors.

“This will establish a political dialogue with major players, and since the media are one of the key elements in this democratic battle, it is important to see how the issue of women is taken up by the main press groups in the world. Senegal. It also aims to raise the debate and open up perspectives with a view to correcting the virtual exclusion of women politicians in the media space and to jointly identify strategies and activities for 2021/2022 to improve the situation”, continues- she.

However, she says, women's access to decision-making bodies should not be limited to a mechanical presence but contribute to social change through the improvement of the texts of laws and public policies for a better living condition of the people. women and the general population.

Thus, Fatou Sarr Sow did not fail to point out that five axes have been identified for the success of the project. It is a program with press groups, political parties, young people from political parties, parliamentarians and a program for building an alliance between women politicians and civil society actors.

This program is implemented in 8 African countries for a period of three years. These are Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Eswatini, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

The story was first published by  Topnews in Senegal 23 October 2020.