Lundi, Décembre 17, 2018

CARO holds follow-up meeting with political parties on the political participation of marginalised groups

CARO holds follow-up meeting with political parties on the political participation of marginalised groups

Libreville 5 December 2018 - On 04 December 2018

Libreville 5 December 2018 - On 04 December 2018, the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa organized a follow up meeting in Libreville (Gabon) with members of political parties who, in December 2017, had taken part to a Workshop on best practices regarding the political participation of marginalized groups, in particular; indigenous people, people living with disabilities and women.

The meeting was the concluding session of a series of workshops that started in 2013, aiming at building the capacity of political parties on fostering the political participation of marginalized groups.

During the meeting, participants indicated that there was significant progress in the political participation of women in Gabon. However, indigenous people and people living with disabilities were still difficult to attract in the national political debates; mostly due to the lack of progress regarding administrative barriers, such as the issuance of ID cards, that stop them from exercising their political and civil rights. The participants who also included two representatives of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Justice and one representative of the National Mediator’s Office, decided to constitute a group with a view to continue exchanging on sensitization activities on these issues through their political parties' activities.