Togo: Togolese women unite for peaceful polls

Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants at the just-ended national training workshop on Gender and Elections in Lomé, Togo, have committed to uniting and mobilising women for peaceful elections in the country.

In addition, the Togolese women pledged to assist in raising awareness and educating women about the importance of their participation in peace processes.

In her speech at the end of the three-day workshop, Togo’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Dédé Ahoefa Ekoue, expressed gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for organising the training, and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) for its support.

The ECOWAS Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, who was represented by the Director of Gender, Dr. Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe, also commended participants for the quality of their contributions at the workshop, which was facilitated by the Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) programme.

The Commissioner urged the participants to share the knowledge they acquired at the training, which was organised by the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the Togo Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

According to an ECOWAS Commission statement, the training addressed deficiencies in advocacy capacities of women as a constituent and also incorporated elements of political leadership and dialogue towards promoting gender equality in national political participation and representation.

Togo goes to the polls on 25 April to elect a President, in one of the five elections slated for the West African sub-region this year.
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16 avril 2015 11:21:41

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