Eritrea women set for leadership and decision making

Sep 25, 2016

A participant contributing to the discussion on economic empowerment of women.Photo: © UNDP Eritrea/Mwaniki

The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) convened a training for women representatives from all the six regions of Eritrea from the 16th to 25th September 2016 in Embatkala, Northern Red Sea region.  The training on leadership and decision making in political and public offices, was supported by UNDP and facilitated by the Eritrea Centre of Organizational Excellence (ERCOE). The training aimed at reducing gender disparity gaps in leadership and management positions in the country.  

NUEW has partnered with UN agencies in Eritrea (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR and UNAIDS) to support the joint programme on equity and advancement of women. Specifically, UNDP has spearheaded support on strengthening human and institutional capacity development for NUEW. This year an extensive training programme and awareness campaign was rolled out in the six regions of Eritrea covering various topics such as early marriage; gender equality, mainstreaming, empowerment and leadership; and raised awareness about female genital mutilation and human rights.

The training held at Embatkala aimed at enhancing leadership and management skills of 150 women drawn from various management levels within the civil service.  The training covered courses such as: Design of organizational operational plans; financial and assets management; conducting action research; result based management and tools for tracking project beneficiaries. The sessions were interactive and participants were given opportunities to ask questions and share their experiences. The Minister for Justice, Madam Fozia Hussein made a presentation on family law, following its’s amendment in 2015.  

In addition, there were moderated discussions on women empowerment and gender equality in Eritrea. Some of the issues discussed include: The 5th CEDAW report, the Beijing +20 report, Civil Registration and Vital System report and the 2nd National Gender Action Plan. The participants’ alluded that the CEDAW report provides blue prints for advocacy and performance tracking of the country’s efforts in promoting and protecting gender equality. Participants also discussed the national progress on gender equality in education and training of women, health, land, violence against women and achievement on eradication of harmful traditional practices.

In her closing remarks, NUEW President, Ms Tekea Tesfamichael noted that Eritrea is strong in community organization and women are visible in the country’s development initiatives. She said that the training had equipped the participants with fresh skills and knowledge. She added that she was confident that the training will play a significant role in enhancing gender mainstreaming in the political, economic, environmental and social dimensions.