African countries have always battled with the issue of tribal balance, although for long it seemed what the issue actually was, was ethnic supremacy. That is, let my people dominate. But as that continued, the tribes that got dominated began to fight back, often making it very difficult for the dominant tribe. Thankfully, that era seems to be fading into the rearview. More and more, across Africa, people are paying more attention to ethnic political balance to help address possible or related geo-economic imbalances or even national political and economic turmoil. Clearly, ethnic harmony has been a significant factor in minimizing the occurrence of economic turmoil in many countries, with Ghana and Tanzania being notable examples. It has also helped to promote steady and strong economic growth as we have seen recently in Rwanda and even Nigeria. In Nigeria, the governments, federal and state have requirements for ethnic representation in key political positions, and it will be a good thing if these representations are efficiently, competitively and judiciously chosen for the sake of achieving optimal economic progress. So since there are still clear disparities between men and women in the work place and in society, especially in Africa and other developing regions something must be done about it, because it is consequential on economic development. If ethnic of tribal balancing is crucial for economic growth and development then gender balancing has to be even more crucial. The founding United Nations charter of 1945 included a provision for equality between men and women. Subsequently, from 1945 to 1975 various female officials within the United Nations and leaders of women's movements on the global stage attempted to turn these principles into action. As a result, the first world conference on women was held in Mexico City in 1975. It resulted in the Declaration of Mexico on the Equality of Women and Their Contribution to Development and Peace. Since then UN women conferences had held in Copenhagen, Nairobi and Beijing where the do-called Beijing platform for action was developed. The Platform for Action is an agenda for women's empowerment. It aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing all the obstacles to women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. I believe we urgently need this principle of balancing shared power and responsibility to be established between women and men at home, in our communities and in our national lives if we want a speedier pace of economic growth and development with a higher quality of life for all. I am Magnus Kpakol, and that's my view.
Posted: Jul 30th, 2015 @ 03:40:38 AM